Yes, Dan Rather’s tale of woe in the form of a lawsuit against CBS makes for a good read. The main villians are those famous Bush cheerleaders at CBS who did all sorts of nasty things including forcing Rather to apologize. Paragraph 12 describes how CBS felt it in its corporate interest to “curry favor” with the Bush Administration (sure had a funny way of showing it, huh?). Paragraph 58 explains the conduct of CBS in “coercing Mr. Rather publicly to apologize and take responsibility” for the Texas National Guard document forgery. But choose your favorite. (By the way the legal underpinnings are a bit of a mystery and seem to rely at least in part on a contract never reduced to writing. Also there seems to be the tort of “talking me into apologizing when I really wish I hadn’t” which didn’t make it into my tort casebook in law school.) Since this may never reach a courtroom (this does put me in the strange position of rooting FOR a frivolous lawsuit to go forward) perhaps we could arrange to have a public reading. It would be a good show.
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