Required Reading

Here’s how Dan Rather introduced the Sandy Berger story last night:

“Sandy Berger, who was National Security Adviser under President Clinton stepped aside today as an adviser to Senator John Kerry. CBS’s John Roberts reports this was triggered by a carefully orchestrated leak about Berger and the timing of it appears to be no coincidence.”

Carefully orchestrated — by whom? Leaked — by whom? I don’t know. Neither does Rather. So how does he know it was a carefully orchestrated leak? He doesn’t.

RatherBiased has the whole story, including every time Dan has used the phrase “carefully orchestrated leak” since 1990.

HINT: He’s never once used it about a leak against a Republican.