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Rather embarrassing

Dan Rather (Suzanne Plunkett / AP file)

It’s sad, really, to see someone of Dan Rather’s stature lose his journalistic judgment in the twilight of his career. He and Mary Mapes should resign from CBS, if they aren’t fired first. Burkett, their source for the Bush National Guard story, was known to be unreliable long before they accepted those documents from him.

Rather probably deserved to go out on a higher note, but it was his choice. His biggest mistake was an inexcusable lapse of professional objectivity, care, and attention to detail. He has become an embarrassment to himself and his craft.

"A republic, if you can keep it." -- Benjamin Franklin

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