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CBS didn't invite Dan Rather to join its Kennedy anniversary coverage

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Time supposedly heals all wounds. Apparently not enough has passed to mend the relationship between Dan Rather and CBS, where he was a longtime anchor.

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Rather was not invited by CBS to contribute to its 50th anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination, a major event in his career as a star reporter at the network.

From the Associated Press:

Rather helped organize CBS’ plans for President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and as a young reporter was a key component of assassination coverage. Now 82, with his own show on AXS-TV, he’s one of the few reporters on the story that day who’s still active in journalism.

Rather, who later became CBS News’ top anchor for 24 years, will appear on NBC’s “Today” show on Nov. 22 this year.

“I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something (for CBS),” Rather said. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.”

Rather was infamously ousted as the managing editor at CBS News following highly questionable reports on former president George W. Bush's military service at the last minute of the 2004 election. Rather then unsuccessfully sued the network for several million dollars.


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