So, Dan Rather signed off last night. I don’t really care because I don’t watch network news. The only time I can recall watching it recently was when I TiVoed the show after Rathergate broke. Supposedly, Rather signed off with his signature Courage. I don’t know, I didn’t watch. By Courage, did he mean:
The Courage to run a story without checking the apparently easily verifiable facts for partisan gain?
The Courage to deny it until it was an absolute embarrassment?
The Courage to stick to your story, no matter the facts?
The Courage to run news reports devoid of facts but full of hysteria?
The Courage to resign gracefully and completely.
Don’t get me wrong, Rather had a prestigious career as a newsman but his flat refusal to take responsibility for (and his willingness to defend) a bogus story will forever mar his career. And it should. His non-resignation will only embarrass him further. Get out of the news, Dan. Completely out. Write a book and do tours, but leave 60 Minutes. Leave CBS. And take your dignity with you.