Dan Rather Loses $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS

By Andrew Gauthier 


A New York state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed former TV newsman Dan Rather‘s lawsuit against CBS Corp in which Rather claimed he was made a scapegoat in a scandal over a 2004 report on then-President George W. Bush‘s military record.

The ruling by a panel of judges of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said Rather’s $70 million complaint should be dismissed in its entirety and that a lower court erred in denying CBS’s motion to throw out the lawsuit.

CBS said it considered the legal fight “effectively over” and put an end to its public dispute with one of America’s most influential broadcast journalists, who followed the legendary Walter Cronkite as the CBS Evening News anchor.

Rather’s lawyer, Martin Gold, said he planned to appeal. More…