Arrogance was the follow-up book to Bernard Goldberg’s bestseller Bias. After reading this Dan Rather interview, I think his third book could be titled Jackasses:
In an interview Monday evening, a repentant Rather conceded it had been a mistake to broadcast the documents. But even though he could not vouch for their authenticity, he said he still did not believe that they were fakes.
“Do I think they’re forged? No,” Rather said. “But it’s not good enough to use the documents on the air if we can’t vouch for them, and we can’t vouch for them.”
Rather said he had no regrets for his defense of the story.
“I believed in it,” he said. “I wouldn’t have put it on the air if I hadn’t of believed in it. And what kind of reporter would I be if I put something on the air in which I believed, and as soon as it’s attacked and under pressure, you run, you fold, you fade, you side-wind? That’s not the kind of person I am, and it’s not the kind of reporter I am.”
What an asshole.