According to this report, speculation is high that CBS Chairman Les Moonves wants to dramatically retool his news operation with two prominent names being suggested as candidates for replacing Dan Rather, specifically, Matt Lauer and Tim Russert.
I don’t see it happening. Both Lauer and Russert are locked into NBC contractually and the CBS anchor position has been tarnished. It will take considerable time, plus fumigation, to rid the CBS newsroom of the lingering essence of a fiction writer’s loft.
For the sake of continuity and tradition, I recommend that Moonves forget about dramatic changes and select either Al Franken or Janeane Garofalo. Both have broadcast experience with Air America and either would certainly further the CBS reputation of leftist reporting bias so carefully crafted by Dan Rather over the years.
Companion post at Interested-Participant.