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Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Rathergate’ Film

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Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in a film about the 2005 “60 Minutes II” story about Pres. George W. Bush‘s military record, which became known as “Memogate” and “Rathergate,” and would cost several CBS Newsers their jobs, and cost Rather millions of dollars.

“Truth” is based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes, who worked on the story and was later fired by CBS after an independent review found serious flaws with it. Cate Blanchett will play Mapes.

Rather left CBS News in 2006, and would later file a lawsuit against CBS Corp. In 2009, Rather told TVNewser he spent $2 million of his own money fighting the suit which was later dismissed. “60 Minutes II,” also known as “60 Minutes Wednesday” was canceled, another casualty of the debacle.

CBS News has no comment on the casting of the film.

Redford has played journalists in the past. In the 1996 film “Up Close and Personal” he starred as Warren Justice, a local news director in Miami who molds “Tally” Atwater, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, into a network news star. Earlier in his career, Redford played Bob Woodward in the film adaptation of All the President’s Men.

The film adaptation of Mapes’ book is years in the making. In 2008, TVNewser wrote about who might play Rather in the movie. At the time, Anthony Hopkins was a top choice.

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Bernard Goldberg: “Go To Page 130″

Bernard Goldberg.jpgTVNewser has learned that tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Bernard Goldberg will discuss what previously had been a little-mentioned part of a now-famous 2005 report. In focus: a section of the 234-page report by a CBS-commissioned panel looking into the 2004 60 Minutes II “Memogate” story on President Bush’s military service, reported by Dan Rather and produced by Mary Mapes.

“Until now,” Goldberg writes on bernardgoldberg.com, “the controversy over the Rather/Mapes story has centered almost entirely on one issue: the legitimacy of the documents [shown in the report] — a very important issue, indeed. But it turns out that there was another very important issue, one that goes to the very heart of what the story was about — and one that has gone virtually unnoticed….”

Goldberg says he was given a tip by “a source, Deep Throat style, [who] told me to ‘Go to page 130 [of the commissioned panel's report].’” What was on page 130?

“Mapes had information prior to the airing of the September 8 [2004] Segment that President Bush, while in the TexANG [Texas Air National Guard] did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who served in the TexANG with Lieutenant Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that Lieutenant Bush ‘did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.’ Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before September 8, that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify.”

Goldberg notes that this section was mentioned on a few Web sites and in two newspaper opinion pieces (in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Miami Herald). “But that was it!” he says.

“If [Mapes] knew that George Bush had volunteered for service in Vietnam,” Goldberg writes, “she obviously had an obligation to share that with her viewers.”

“Now the question is,” Goldberg continues, “did she share what she knew with her correspondent, Dan Rather…What did Rather know — and when did he know it?”

Both Rather and Mapes are on the record as criticizing the panel’s 2005 report, with Rather stating in his 2007 lawsuit against CBS that the network and its executives turned him into “a scapegoat.” The lawsuit, in its current form, continues to make its way through the courts today, almost five years after the original 60 Minutes II story aired.

> Update: Goldberg tweeted last night that after the story brought so much traffic to bernardgoldberg.com that the “crush crashed site”, the site was subsequently back up and running.

> Click continued to see the video of Goldberg’s The O’Reilly Factor appearance…

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Bill O’Reilly Responds to George Tiller Murder

FNC_6.1.jpgFox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly began his show tonight with a Talking Points Commentary on the George Tiller murder, specifically those who’ve blamed him for the crime. “Clear-thinking Americans should condemn the murder of late-term abortionist Tiller,” O’Reilly began. “Eventhough the man terminated thousands of pregnancies, what he did was within Kansas law.” Then O’Reilly turned his commentary on his critics.

When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime. That is exactly what has happened.

He singled out the Daily Kos, the Kansas City Star and former 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes who wrote about the Tiller murder on Huffington Post. To Mapes he said, “Unlike you, I report honesty. Every single thing we said about Tiller was true and my analysis was based on those facts.”

On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann spent eight minutes at the end of his show on the issue talking about the “power of words.” “Fox News Channel will never restrain itself from incitement to murder and terrorism,” said Olbermann. “Not until its profits begin to decline, when its growth stops.”

Olbermann called for viewers to “quarantine” Fox News, then said he was retiring his O’Reilly impersonation. “One of my pleasures is constantly criticizing him in that Ted Baxter voice. But this is no time for laughter… So as of this show’s end, I will retire the name, the photograph, and the caricature.”

Earlier: Abortion Doctor Who Was Focus of O’Reilly Segments For Years is Shot Dead

Who Will Play Dan Rather In The Movie Adaptation of “Rathergate?”

insider_7-22.JPGmapes_7-22.JPGAnother motion picture featuring inside details of a CBS News story could soon hit the big screen. The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette reports a producer and screenwriter are at work on the film adaptation of Mary Mapes‘ 2005 book about the 60 Minutes II report which devolved into Rathergate.

Sources tell Gillette that producer Mikkel Bondesen is “actively working” on the adaptation of “Truth and Duty” with screenwriter James Vanderbilt.

This could mark the second time a 60 Minutes story has, itself, become the centerpiece of a motion picture; the first being the the Academy Award-nominated, “The Insider,” in 1999.

So who would play Rather? We ran his headshot in MyHeritage’s face recognition program. Click continued to see the results…

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Former CBS Newser on Couric: “Just Not Comfortable To Watch”

Mapes.jpgMary Mapes, the fired CBS News producer, phoned in to Morning Joe on MSNBC to give her thoughts on her former employer and on Katie Couric.

“That is a tough place to work and the people who have survived it, have really been savvy,” she said.

On Couric: “She’s gone from being sort of an exuberant presence to someone who looks like they’ve been kidnapped and drugged and are making a hostage tape. It has nothing to do with her being a male or female, it’s just not comfortable to watch.”

After thanking Mapes and taking a commercial break, some Morning Joe viewers were none too happy with the host. “We’ve been getting tons of e-mails from people very upset that I did not scream at Mary Mapes,” Joe Scarborough said. “I let people come on. People that I disagree with, people that I agree with. I am not a screamer. We will have an intelligent discussion.”

Mapes’ most recent work was a story for The Huffington Post comparing President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby to Bush’s death row record as governor of Texas…