Calling the ouster of Dan Rather from CBS News in 2006 a "travesty," newsman Ted Koppel said today that he hopes the $70 million suit filed by Mr. Rather against CBS and Viacom will bring Mr. Rather "relief from his [emotional] pain."
Mr. Koppel said he "hurt" for Mr. Rather, whom he characterized as a friend. Addressing the "60 Minutes" report about President George Bush's National Guard service that preceded Mr. Rather's departure from CBS, Mr. Koppel said the story was "much more correct than incorrect." Mr. Koppel said that those responsible for the incorrect parts of the report deserved to be chastised and punished.
It is a "travesty" that "Dan Rather was squeezed out" with such little class from CBS News, Mr. Koppel said today at a forum at Fordham University in New York City that was put on by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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