Lawyer: CBS Defrauded Dan Rather

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dan Rather could have made millions of dollars more per year if CBS had not defrauded him before firing him, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Martin Gold discussed the finances after a hearing on Rather's ongoing $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit. Rather says he was removed from the evening news anchor chair and given little to do after a disputed September 2004 "60 Minutes II" story about President Bush's military service.

CBS' lawyers say Rather was paid everything he was owed and the network used his talents as the contract required.

Gold said the network was supposed to use Rather on other news shows or pay him and let him go.

Gold said CBS held on to the 77-year-old newsman and denied him a chance to take a $4 million-a-year job at another network. The lawyer said Rather now earns about $1.5 million at the high-definition TV network HDNet.

Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman dismissed Rather's earlier fraud claim, while letting other parts of the case continue. He said Tuesday he would consider Gold's request to filed an amended fraud claim.

Rather left CBS on June 16, 2006, after more than 40 years at the network.

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  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    I agree with VBush. Also, there should be a disclaimer on all media that states..if you aren't smart enough to research the candidates then vote uninformed.. vote democrat.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 7, 2008 at 07:37 PM
    It is amazing that just a few short years ago Dan Rather was fired for manufacturing and reporting false information against a Republican and tried to sway the election. Now here we are just a few short years later and the majority of the media machine in this country is doing it daily. Not only that, but they routinely choose to report or not report stories based on what is going to make Obama look good and the Republicans look bad. Hell, they may as well give Dan his job back. By today's standards...he has done nothing wrong.
  • by Rachel Sneed on Oct 7, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    Who cares? Rather isn't worth $150,000 a year, much less $1.5 million a year. It's shameful that so few are paid so much for so little while so many are paid so little for so much. These salaries are RIDICULOUS. And Rather wants MORE. Why am I not surprised?

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