In Which We Learn that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Really Might Have Been Out to Get Dan Rather

Interesting from the Times tonight–news that Dan Rather’s suit against CBS might be bearing fruit in the form of some evidence that may show the network let Rather go in part to answer Republican pressure on CBS news:

Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter — including the power of subpoena and the threat of punishment against witnesses who lie under oath — [Rather] has unearthed evidence that would seem to support his assertion that CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network.

Among the materials that money has shaken free for Mr. Rather are internal CBS memorandums turned over to his lawyers, showing that network executives used Republican operatives to vet the names of potential members of a panel that had been billed as independent and charged with investigating the “60 Minutes” segment.

Hmm. Didn’t these guys learn anything from the Jeffrey Wigand case?

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