I wonder if I was too rash in discounting the benefits which might flow from a Rather win in his lawsuit under the “I shouldn’t have let them talk me into it” theory of tort law. Should he win, I have a closet with more than a few outfits which might be the basis of such a claim. And think of all the restaurants you have grudgingly agreed to go to, only to be disappointed by the meal. The possibilities are endless. On a slightly more serious note, Howard Kurtz today interviews a number of Rather’s former CBS colleagues who generally have the same take, personified by Josh Howard, the CBS executive producer who was also forced to resign, who remarks: ” I think he’s gone off the deep end.” As a respected colleague of mine analogized, just as in the Iran Iraq War, the outcome of this suit is not as important as the length of the conflict and the damage inflicted on both sides.
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