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Dan Rather: ‘I felt like hell, of course I did’ After CBS Didn’t Renew His Contract

Mother Jones magazine has a wide-ranging piece on former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather and his current employer Mark Cuban.

Rather and Cuban get profiled, of course, but the most interesting section comes when Rather talks about the split between him and CBS. In particular when he claims that the reason why so few of his story ideas ended up on “60 Minutes” after he left the evening newscast were because Viacom was trying to curry favor with the Bush Administration.

New CBS News chairman, and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager responded to that claim with a vehement denial:

“The fact that he keeps making these claims is outrageous,” says Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, who keeps pictures of Rather on his office wall even though the two have barely spoken in years. (Rather sued CBS, in part to unearth evidence of Viacom’s political meddling, but his case was dismissed in January 2010.) “I think he was distracted, and it was hard for him to focus on just doing stories,” Fager adds. “There might be something to his crusade, that the conglomerates in media don’t want to take the chance of investing in reporting because it is risky. But not this company.”

Rather responded to Fager’s comments by saying:

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Turner Sports Launches CharlesBarkley.com

While he might have a fake Twitter account, Charles Barkley now has an official website.

Turner Sports announced today the launch of CharlesBarkley.com,the Internet home of the Inside the NBA analyst.

What can fans of “The Chuckster” expect from this website?

  • Live Chats: Barkley will answer questions from fans during regular live video chats.
  • Movie Reviews: Barkley will put his own spin on movie reviews including rankings of “Really Turrible” to “Not Turrible.”
  • Rant and Rave: Barkley will provide fans with his colorful opinion on current topics in the news.
  • Inside the NBA: Now fans can view their favorite clips and bloopers of Charles from Inside the NBA. Read more

The Rebranding of French Football

The French national team had a disastrous World Cup, one marred by in-fighting, poor coaching, and a general malaise. The squad was in desperate need of a reboot. You know what that means: New uniforms!

Nike went all out, producing a lovely 10-minute video that’s a promotion for the jersey and the new-look team. It features interviews with coach Laurent Blanc and star Florent Malouda, as well as a very detailed discussion of the new Nike kidt.

We can’t see the video making much of an impact State-side, but it could be huge in Europe. Quality advertising, if you ask us.

Jim Nantz And David Feherty Featured In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters

For the first time ever, Augusta National Golf Club will be featured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.

Whoopty do.

The real reason to buy the game when it hits stores on March 29 are for the announcers narrating the project.

Jim Nantz and David Feherty headline the new commentary team in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.

The “Voice of the Masters” and Feherty are two of the best in the business and should add another dynamic to what’s already a solid franchise.

No offense to Scott Van Pelt and Kelly Tilghman.

Seth Meyers To Host 2011 ESPY Awards

ESPN was so impressed by Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers‘ job of hosting the ESPYs, the network has already committed to bringing him back for a second year.

Meyers will host the 19th annual ESPYs on July 13, 2011 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Weekend Update anchor joins a list that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Miller and Jamie Foxx of people that have hosted the ESPYs on more than one occasion.

While parts of the show fell flat, Meyers did a wonderful job with the opening monologue and poking fun at ESPN broadcasting The Decision.

Don’t believe me?

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CNBC’s Strategy Session Lines Up Debut Guests

Faber060210.jpg The new CNBC mid-day show “Strategy Session” has lined up some big name guests for its premiere week.

The half-hour program will debut at 12:30 p.m. 12 p.m. on Monday, June 7 with former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.

Other guests will include: investment banker Jimmy Lee, Lazard vice chairman Donald Drapkin, HDNet foudner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban and BlackRock president Rob Kapito.

“Strategy Session” is hosted by David Faber and Gary Kaminsky (pictured).

Rupert Murdoch Serenaded: “You Hired Glenn Beck to Ruin the Republicans”

The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D Conference is going on in Carlsband, California this week. Look for coverage from Fox Business Network’s Brian Sullivan. He’ll be interviewing Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Dallas mavericks owner [and Bill O'Reilly nemesis] Mark Cuban and chief Twitterers Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

CNBC is also covering today with Jim Goldman and Julia Boorstin. Interestingly, while News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal and FBN, the WSJ continues its partnership deal with CNBC – a deal brokered before Rupert Murdoch bought Dow Jones.

And speaking of Mr. Murdoch, he was serenaded…or rather roasted… last night by singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, who wrote and performed a song called “Oh Rupert” which included the line, “You said you’ve got a secret plan / You Hired Glenn Beck to Ruin the Republicans.”

BayNewser‘s coverage…

- Video: Twitter Leads off All Things D
- Video: Rupert Murdoch Makes the Cocktail Party Rounds

Dan Rather: “I Had Believed That They Would Stand Up For Their People And Back Stories. And I Was Wrong”

rather_10-20.jpgThe Times of London’s Ariel Leve writes a lengthy profile of former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, spending time with the HDNet anchor in his new life.

“Dan Rather became a part of American folklore,” writes Leve. “He was the longest-serving anchor [in] American news — there for nearly 25 years. But at CBS he was also the managing editor, the man who was personally responsible. It was a role he sought — and when the story blew up in his face, who else was there to blame?”

According to Rather, CBS itself. He discusses the reason for the lawsuit and his take on the end of his career with the network. “At CBS News, the history had been, we back our people,” he says. “The company had changed in ways I didn’t realise. I had believed that they would stand up for their people and back stories. And I was wrong.”

Rather also talked about the former head of CBS, and his old boss, William S. Paley. “[He] was the best of them,” says Rather. “His attitude towards news was: CBS was an entertainment company, news is a public service.”

Rather may bring up Paley again tonight, as he joins others on a panel at the Paley Center discussing “Media and the Voting Rights Act of 1965″ (we’ll be there and report tomorrow).

Click continued to see Rather’s take on the web sensation video of the anchor and his collar, Mark Cuban‘s HDNet ratings discussion and more…

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