Rather Sues CBS
September 19, 2007 at 3:56 PM (PT)
The RATHERGATE story isn't over quite yet, as DAN RATHER sues CBS, former parent VIACOM, CBS Pres./CEO LES MOONVES and Chairman SUMNER REDSTONE, and former CBS NEWS President ANDREW HEYWARD for $70 million over his departure from the network in the wake of the controversy over his "60 MINUTES II" story about President BUSH's Air National Guard service. RATHER left CBS in 2006 and producer MARY MAPES was fired after the authenticity of memos that purported to show discrepancies in BUSH's service was called into serious question.
RATHER, who now hosts a show on MARK CUBAN's HDNET, is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages for "intentionally damag(ing)" his reputation. He anchored the CBS EVENING NEWS and co-hosted "60 MINUTES" on CBS-TV and anchored an evening newscast and provided a regular commentary for CBS RADIO NEWS.