Dan Rather and Why Bush's "Lost Year" Still Matters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be the legendary newsman’s finest hour. Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud of doubt and suspicion over his reporting — and that of every other journalist on the case. This month, as Rather returns with a new memoir, Joe Hagan finally gets to the bottom of the greatest untold story in modern Texas politics, with exclusive, never-before-seen details that shed fresh light on who was right, who was wrong, and what really happened.


Joe Hagan

Produced by:

Ben Gottlieb

Comments [5]

Bob Smathers from New York

I would like to further investigate the extent to which George W. Bush was involved with Watergate and the corrupt Nixon Administration. Also, what involvement did Bush have with the Iran Contra affair. Just pondering.....

Apr. 18 2012 04:47 PM

I was struck by extent to which John Hockenberry clearly wanted to make the case that while Dan Rather had used falsified documents, his "story" about George W. Bush's military service was essentially correct. If that's your story, John, and if you're stickin' to it, that's fine.

But I think of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; to my knowledge (someone can correct me if I'm wrong) the Swift Boat Veterans committed no journalistic sins as bad as Dan Rather's forged paperwork. People are free to disagree with the Swift Boat Veterans, of course. But I just think it funny, that in the mainstream media Dan Rather is treated as a kind of tragic hero, while the Swift Boat Veterans (who were, after all, real veterans) were treated as quasi-criminals.

Apr. 18 2012 11:52 AM
R D Harmony from oklahoma city

Military records are public at some level, whereas my university records are not.

There is plenty of evidence that DubYuh did not serve and actively sought a deferment from Vietnam (and was successful at this attempt) along with all of his chickenhawk cabinet (architects of our greatest military boondoggle, ever)

Apr. 18 2012 10:59 AM

Obama has no military record but why is there no interest in his sealed academic records while we revisit the Bush National Guard story from eight years ago? Apparently there are not enough relevant scandals this month involving the current administration to sort through for the media.

Apr. 18 2012 09:26 AM
Ed from Larchmont

And currently there is the controversy over President Obama's citizenship and his service record. Let's investigate these also.

Apr. 18 2012 08:10 AM

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