Dan Rather Not Weighing In On Discredited ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report

Curious to know how Dan Rather feels about the now-retracted “60 Minutes” report on the Benghazi attack? The former CBS News anchor has nothing to say about the matter.

A spokeswoman for Rather told TPM in an email that he will not be “providing comments on this issue.”

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan admitted Friday that her “60 Minutes” report based on an account from a discredited witness was a “mistake,” calling to mind Rather’s own controversy. 

In a 2004 story on “60 Minutes II,” the now-defunct supplement to the flagship news magazine, Rather presented documents alleging that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment during his time in the National Guard. 

The documents were ultimately alleged to be forgeries and CBS could not verify their authenticity. It’s widely believed that Rather’s departure from the network was a result of the flap. 

Rather, for his part, has continued to defend the report, arguing last year that he “reported the truth.”

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