Dan Rather, discredited CBS journalist, has weighed in on the recent scandals facing the Obama administration. He stated that the “controversies” are not in the same “cosmos” of Watergate.
“Those who compare it to Watergate, the Republicans, are always eager to jump on almost anything and say, ‘Well, it’s like Watergate,'” Rather said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re not anywhere in the same cosmos as that. Keep in mind, with Watergate, while using the Internal Revenue Service to punish one’s opponents came directly from the president himself. That’s a fact. Now, in this case, we don’t even know whether the president was aware that this was happening.”
Rather went on to say that the GOP is probably “slapping high-five” behind closed doors.
No stranger to “controversies” himself, during the 2004 election Rather reported about memos (the Killian memos) he obtained that were critical of George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard. Once released on the internet, the memos were immediately called into question when they demonstrated modern typographical innovations. Rather initially stood by his reporting but CBS later retracted the story. His producer Mary Mapes was fired over the incident.