Press: Star Witness

CBS's Rather takes the stand

The witness started out jaunty and self-confident but eventually appeared grim and embattled. Struggling to defend his competence and ethics, he looked as though he were facing a master interrogator — say, Dan Rather when he was on CBS's 60 Minutes. Instead, Rather, now anchor of the CBS Evening News, was the co-defendant being grilled last week in a Los Angeles Superior Court chamber, in a $30 million suit for alleged defamation of a doctor at a clinic accused of insurance fraud.

The case stems from a Dec. 9, 1979, segment on 60 Minutes titled "It's No Accident"...

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