Hanging tough at CBS

Faced with a mountain of evidence that suggests its examination of Bush's career in the National Guard relied on forged documents, CBS News has decided to dig in its heels. While bloggers and the mainstream media assail the veracity of the documents, Dan Rather is focusing on proclaiming the "essential truth" of the story to The New York Observer. It's galling to see Rather, who has spent a career holding other people accountable for their mistakes, fail to take legitimate questions about his own work seriously. It's even more galling to see Rather cast himself as a free-speech hero. "I think over the long haul, this will be consistent with our history and our traditions and reputation," he said. "We took heat during the McCarthy time, during Vietnam, during civil rights, during Watergate. We haven’t always been right, but our record is damn good."

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