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I wonder if this is actually a bit light. CBS didn't do its own investigation until after it was painfully apparent they were wrong and their objections to the contrary were only making them look silly. I also remember a response from Rather when asked about how certain he was about the information given where he said something along the lines of 'I am more certain of the truth of this story than I am of any other story I have done in my life.' He, and CBS, cooked their own goose. Learn together 13:58, 15 January 2008 (EST)

Rewrite intro

Rathergate is not particularly a derisive term. Actually "-gate" has simply become shorthand for scandal. Watergate (Nixon), Troopergate (Clinton), etc.

And it doesn't refer to the documents, but rather to the attempt by Dan Rather to smear presidential candidate George W. Bush - and the aftermath of that attempt:

  • his exposure by bloggers who discovered the documents were crudely forged
  • his firing (or nonrenewal of contract) by CBS News

Let's fix this, shall we? --Ed Poor Talk 12:07, 28 August 2009 (EDT)

Fix it! But don't forget the description of the documents themselves and how they were forged, plus Mapes & Company's refusal to broadcast the truth when they had that info in their hands. Karajou 12:14, 28 August 2009 (EDT)
The CBS report on the incident is listed as a reference, and they have come to the same conclusion (they really had not much of a choice, I might add) that forged documentation and a suppression of the truth by Mapes and Rather was made in order to drive Bush from office during the 2004 election. Karajou 12:16, 28 August 2009 (EDT)