Former CBS Evening News host Dan Rather defended the 2004 report on George W. Bush that ended his network news career in an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight. During the Tuesday interview with Piers Morgan, Rather recollected the last conversion he had with Bush as he said:
“I was at the White House for a briefing for reporters, and I asked him a couple of questions and he answered the questions. And then afterward he said to me, ‘I hope you’ll be happy retired in Austin.’ That’s my home. I had no intention of retiring in Austin. I have a passion for my work and I plunged myself back into doing work. But that’s the only conversation I’ve had with him since.”
In regards to the highly scrutinized ’04 report on George Bush’s Air National Guard service record that ended his career, Dan stated during a live, face-to-face, interview with Morgan in which he was quoted by CNN having said:
“We reported a true story. That’s the reason I’m no longer at CBS News. Those who found the story uncomfortable for their partisan political purposes attacked us at what they knew to be the weakest point, which was the documents. I believed it at the time, or I wouldn’t have put them on. I believed it ever since, and believe it to this day. And I remark, the longer we go and nobody comes forward with proof that the documents were not what they report to be, the more I believe it.”
Dan Rather is currently promoting his new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News, while working as the current star of Mark Cuban’s HDNet.