Disgraced ex-television news host Dan Rather, who was fired from CBS for reporting fake news over ex-President George Bush to help Al Gore in the 2004 election, has found a new gig.
The Washington Times reports:
From 2013 to last year, he filmed 150 episodes of “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” for the niche cable channel AXS TV. Guests included actor David Hasselhoff, singer Neil Young and filmmaker Oliver Stone.
Now the 90-year-old journalist publishes left-leaning commentaries on the news of the day in a Substack newsletter that he shares on Twitter with his 2.7 million followers.
“Trump judges are McConnell judges,” Mr. Rather tweeted Friday.
He’s among the growing number of ethically tarnished TV journalists who have migrated to smaller cable networks, digital platforms and streaming channels.
The report notes, “In 2006, CBS fired Mr. Rather for reporting false documents about President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service during the 2004 election. Describing himself as a ‘scapegoat,’ the veteran newsman filed an unsuccessful $70 million lawsuit against the network.”
Have no AXS in my system alas Hooray
“Ethically tarnished?!! I’m neither a Rather fan nor a Bush 43 fan. But Bush proved repeatedly that he completed his Air National Guard service and he did it in one of the most dangerous planes, the F-102 Delta Dagger designed and manufactured by Convair. As I recall, part of his departure from flying also was due to the fact that the F-102 was not planned for Vietnam. On the other hand, Rather claimed service in the Marine Corps, a particularly offensive distortion because he was immediately discharged as unfit for service.