Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and his former bosses Wednesday, claiming they made him a "scapegoat" for a discredited story about President Bush's military service during the Vietnam War.
Rather, 75, whose final months at the network were clouded by controversy over the story, said the actions of the defendants damaged his reputation and cost him significant financial loss.
....In his lawsuit, Rather maintains the story was true, but if any aspect of the broadcast wasn't accurate, he was not responsible for the errors.
....CBS fired the story's producer and asked for the resignation of three executives because it could not authenticate documents used in the story, and Rather was forced out of the anchor chair. Rather's lawsuit says he was forced to apologize, although "as defendants well knew, even if any aspect of the broadcast had not been accurate, which has never been established, Mr. Rather was not responsible for any such errors."
He also claimed that after removing him as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," the network gave him fewer and less important assignments.
At the time, Rather was making $6 million a year, the lawsuit says.