Dan Rather is leaving CBS News!!! There is no doubt in my mind that he is resigning before he is fired. After all, we still haven't heard the results of the internal investigation of the National Guard document fiasco, and let's face it, even if you're a fan, Rather's credibility is shot after his steadfast refusal to back off of an obviously false story. We are witnessing the biggest victory yet of the blogosphere over the major media. It was blogs, after all, that broke Rathergate and forced the big outlets to pay attention. 'Bye, Dan! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
Later today, Candidate Profile #2: Dick Cheney...
UPDATE: Drudge has the following:
ADDRESSES CBS NEWSROOM AT APPROXIMATELY 1:39PM EST [Partial transcript -- joined in progress]: No matter what you hear elsewhere, this was a mutual decision. The timing has to do with (wanting to separate) this decision to leave the anchor chair... from the (investigation) of the 60 MINUTES report. The decision got made the way I described. There is nothing more important (to me) than how honored I am to work with the greatest news organization in the world. Thank you for coming. We're not going to spend much time (on questions) because we have news to cover. (Offered to answer questions, but staff simply gave his signature 'hip hip' three cheers.) Let�s get back to work. Thanks everyone.
UPDATE 1/10/2005 10:19 am central: I subsequently learned that Rather was leaving the anchor chair, not CBS. Four executives, however, were canned.