Somehow, Dan Rather is still able to find an audience despite his very public ouster from CBS in 2004 after reporting falsified and unsubstantiated information about President George W. Bush.
Of course, his audience has been decreased exponentially; but the holdover from a bygone generation of news anchors continues to exercise his First Amendment rights via his own virtually unwatched program and as a guest on other leftist news networks.
Appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show recently, Rather was able to reach an audience likely in double digits. Unsurprisingly, he used the opportunity to decry Republican administrations of yore.
As three major scandals converge on the White House, MSNBC remained true to form; and the conversation between Maddow and Rather naturally navigated toward the topic of Richard Nixon.
Rather shared the personal account of a residential burglary he said was the work of “the notorious plumbers’ operation,” referring to the group Nixon used to halt White House information leaks.
“It was a long time figuring out who did it,” he said, adding, “this became common during the Nixon administration.”
His nostalgia was uneventful by MSNBC standards, though one detail included in his autobiographical account of the story was suspiciously missing from his on air narrative.
In his memoirs, Rather claimed he “did what any Texan would do,” describing that he “made sure the family was safe, then grabbed the shotgun.”
I must admit I’m surprised the detail about a gun even made it into his book, but he described the incident in detail through the written word.
On camera, though, looking into the wild eyes of Rachel Maddow, Rather neglected to mention that he pointed a loaded and chambered shotgun at a group of what he later learned were GOP operatives.
Honestly, that might be the one target for which Maddow and her deranged audience feel gunfire is warranted.
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