He may deny it, but Dan Rather is still hotter than a Laredo parking lot about CBS.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that Rather was not identified on screen with his network of 44 years when he appeared on Anderson Cooper’s 360 Wednesday to discuss his recent trip to North Korea.
CNN didn’t drop the ball, graphically speaking. Rather, ol’ Dan didn’t want CBS in the picture.
In an in-house memo sent from a 360 staffer Thursday to CNN producers, they were told to “please feel free” to use taped snippets from Cooper’s interview with Rather the previous night, but with one glaring caveat:
“Mr. Rather requests that his font not associate him with CBS News. So no ‘Former CBS Anchor.’ We thank you and Dan thanks you.”
A CNN rep confirms the authenticity of the e-mail. Rather had no issue with being verbally identified on the show, she adds.
Rather was fishing in Upstate New York and couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
Rather, 74, left CBS in a rage June 20, saying the network had not lived up to its obligation to allow him to do “substantive work.” His contract runs until late November.
Rather anchored CBS Evening News for an unprecedented 24 years before being forced to step down in March ’05 due to the Memogate scandal. He became a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes.
Schadenfreude. It’s a wonderful thing.