September 22, 2007

Dan Rather's chances

Fritz Schranck offers some insight on Dan Rather's lawsuit chances:

Two other famous people tried that tactic, with disastrous results: Oscar Wilde and Alger Hiss.

In the 1890s, Wilde sued the Marquess of Queensbury for criminal libel, after the nobleman accused the famous writer of being a "somdomite":

In police court on Bow Street [the marquess] made the statement that not only had he called Wilde a sodomite, he had done so for the good of the general public. This last statement was important, because now if Wilde lost, the government would have no choice but to pursue criminal charges for gross indecency....

His plan worked. Wilde lost, and was later convicted.

Just over fifty years later, Hiss sued Whitaker Chambers for slander, after Chambers stated on Meet the Press that the former State Department official "was a Communist and may be now."

During the litigation, Chambers produced documents to defend himself that incriminated Hiss as a Communist spy. The documents eventually led to two perjury trials against Hiss, the first ending in a hung jury and the second in his conviction.

Posted by Hube at September 22, 2007 06:11 PM | TrackBack

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In his last 25 years at CBS, I bet Rather was paid about $200 Million or more! He has to be worth about $100 Million today. Shit he could afford to buy some small, cable channel and start his own news network. Oh never mind- I just remembered he is a wheeny, whiney liberal and has no balls.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at September 22, 2007 06:41 PM

Do you think Rather believes that his story was solid or do you think he knows its not and it just thrashing about to save his legacy?

Posted by: Duffy at September 24, 2007 10:03 AM

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