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Will Conservative List Help Rather’s Case?

rather_11-17.jpgThe New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg writes about the newest information in the Dan Rather case against CBS, which could help his claim that CBS attempted to “quell Republican criticism of the network” by hiring a panel of conservatives.

“Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money,” writes Steinberg.

Jim Quinn, a lawyer representing CBS, says the network has “gained the most ground” in the pre-trial discovery phase, and “Either on summary judgment or at trial, we feel very comfortable we’ll succeed.”

Steinberg’s article also takes a look at Rather’s involvement in the day-to-day handling of the case. “He has approached it with the zeal of a correspondent trying to report out a ’60 Minutes’ segment about himself, burying himself in deposition transcripts late into the night and providing his lawyers with road maps of leads he thinks they should pursue,” he writes.

As for the list of conservatives, TVNewser’s Gail Shister talked to some of the names mentioned last week, including MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson and CNN’s Lou Dobbs.

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