Can This Man Get a Job?

Barry Diller's own partners sink his bold effort to join forces with CBS

Scenes from the continuing come-uppance of Barry Diller: when his private jet landed near New York City at around 6 p.m. last Tuesday, the man who would be head of CBS had no idea that he was also coming down to earth from his latest flight of ambition. Ahead of him lay the prospect of suppers at the White House, chats with Dan Rather and interviews with world leaders. Not to mention the highest ratings of any network, record profits of $109 million in the second quarter and a chance to play an even larger role in bringing two-way television to...

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