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Dan Rather’s Fantasy-Based World

Via Newsbusters.org, disgraced former CBS anchor Dan Rather appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and said this:

The Republicans, their number one need is to get in touch with a fact-based world, that they are now in the position of being pictured like a man who wears spats to the office or something. So far out of touch that it is unrealistic. And they did run four years, straight out, Dr. No obstructionism.

For those who may have forgotten, Mr. Rather’s career imploded because of his role in a story meant to smear President George W. Bush and that was based on forged National Guard documents that were almost immediately revealed as such. Yet Rather insists to this day that the forged documents were accurate. 

This claim is delusional, as this 224-page Report of the Independent Review Panel makes clear. To add insult to injury, three years after the story, Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its parent company, Viacom, claiming he had been made a “scapegoat.” In 2009, a New York State Appeals Court said Rather’s $70 million complaint should be dismissed in its entirety, and that a lower court erred in denying CBS’s motion to throw out the lawsuit.  

There are, in other words, few people who live in a world as detached from reality as Mr. Rather. He appears to be engaged in a variation of what psychologists refer to as projection—in this instance projecting his own fantasy-world on to others. That Mr. Rather does so in a way that is so blind to his own epic failure, and his own subsequent emotional inability to deal with it, makes this whole thing all the more pathetic.

Dan Rather long ago made enough of a fool of himself. Those who genuinely care for the man might suggest, in the nicest way possible, that he go gently into the good night.


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