Dan Rather has come to the defense of Brian Williams, calling Williams “an honest man.” Dan ought to know! Is he trying to destroy Williams?* (Maybe he thinks he can get the anchor chair himself.) Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I spotted this Breitbart item:
Disgraced former TV news anchor Dan Rather has come to the aid of embattled NBC anchor Brian Williams, saying that Williams is an “honest man.” But Williams is caught up in a scandal of his own making after admitting to lying about being in a helicopter downed by enemy RPG fire in Iraq in 2003.
Rather, who was fired by CBS in 2004 after helping to create and air a report that falsely claimed that President George W. Bush had deserted from the Texas Air National Guard, came out in support of Williams on Thursday.
“I don’t know the particulars about that day in Iraq,” Rather told Politico. “I do know Brian. He’s a longtime friend and we have been in a number of war zones and on the same battlefields, competing but together. Brian is an honest, decent man, an excellent reporter and anchor–and a brave one. I can attest that–like his predecessor Tom Brokaw–he is a superb pro, and a gutsy one.”
* Years ago, when a bunch of home town citizens talked my dad into running for a local office, our congressman, a Republican with a controversial reputation, called up my dad to say: “I’m for you. What will help you most: if I endorse you or oppose you?”
That’s how you do it kids. Apparently Dan Rather never got the memo.