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NEW YORK (AP) - CBS will televise a one-hour prime-time tribute to Dan Rather the night he leaves the evening news anchor chair, and its producer says it won't avoid the story that has clouded his final days on the job.

"Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers" will air 8 p.m. EST on March 9, an hour after he anchors his final evening newscast after 24 years, the network announced Thursday.

Rather, 73, will talk about last fall's ill-fated "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about President Bush's military service, said Susan Zirinsky, the show's executive producer. CBS fired the story's producer and asked for the resignations of three executives because it could not authenticate documents used in the story.

"We're not going to shy away from dealing with his issues," Zirinsky said. "We'll deal with them and so will he. It's going to be a full picture."

The memoir will look back on the stories Rather has covered in a CBS News career that began in 1962. He's been on the scene for big stories from the Kennedy assassination to the Iraqi elections last month

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The folks over at Best of the Web on have this to say:

It's hard to see a graceful way out of all this. CBS continues to honor its contracts and pay the trio because it has a very strong incentive to avoid a lawsuit, as the Observer notes:

In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Mr. Moonves and [chief CBS spokesman Gil] Schwartz put under oath to talk about their own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service.

Mr. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he would subpoena specific CBS documents, including the e-mails of top executives. That might shed further light on what members of management were saying to each other on Friday, Sept. 10, two days after the segment aired--a day that Mr. Heyward and Mr. Schwartz were making important decisions about CBS's defense strategy.

Such a lawsuit sounds like a public-relations catastrophe for CBS. The Thornburgh-Boccardi report--the product of a friendly, or at least neutral, investigation--was quite damning. Imagine what an antagonistic lawyer--make that as many as three teams of antagonistic lawyers--would come up with.

Sure would be entertaining to watch!

Evie Happy
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(NT) (NT) You think CBS will broadcast it?
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Well, on that night, you can join me

in not tuning in.Wink

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(NT) (NT) ill be playing poker
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(NT) (NT) Cheer up Mark. Imagine how low the ratings will be.
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(NT) (NT) SeeBS doesn't live here anymore.
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(NT) (NT) CBS is 2/3's "BS".

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