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August 21, 2000
Katie Wright (703) 683-5004, ext. 132

Bozell: Dan Rather Should Retract And Apologize for His Bogus Report of the “Republican” Leak of New Grand Jury Story

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     ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- Media Research Center Chairman Brent Bozell issued the following statement today, calling on CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather to retract and apologize for his bogus report last week that the breaking story of a new grand jury empanelled to investigate President Clinton was leaked by a “Republican” source.

     “You don’t have to be a cynic to note that this has all the earmarks of a carefully orchestrated, politically motivated leak. The Republican-backed Robert Ray is sponsored by a three-judge panel that must periodically decide whether Ray’s investigation should continue. This panel features two federal judges backed by the Jesse Helms wing of the Republican Party” – Dan Rather, CBSNews.com, 8/17/00.

     A federal judge appointed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter admitted to being the source of the leak after the story broke. Rather has yet to correct the record.

     “Dan Rather should retract and apologize for his bogus report. He completely misinformed and misled millions of viewers and, indirectly, millions of other people who heard about his report,” Bozell said. “If John Stossel of ABC News’ 20/20 had to apologize for misinforming the public on a very small detail in a story, then certainly the anchor for the CBS Evening News – arguably the most coveted job in journalism – must be held to the same standard – especially since this story was so much more important.”


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