On Friday, according to CBS News sources, Rather spent the day on the phone and dealing with CBS suits who were nervous about the fall out from the story. "All Dan could say was that this was an attack from the right-wing nuts, and that we should have expected this, given the stakes," says a CBS News producer. "He was terribly defensive and nervous. You could tell."
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Meanwhile, over the weekend journalists from around the country were attempting to track down the original source of the documents. "We're having a hard time tracking how we got the documents," says the CBS News producer. "There are at least two people in this building who have insisted we got copies of these memos from the Kerry campaign by way of an additional source. We do not have the originals, and our sources have indicated to us that we will not be getting the originals. How that is possible I don't know."
Maybe they left the originals at Kinkos?
Two things have to stand out to you, though. This is a producer, not the big cheese (that's Dan) but at least a medium-sized cheese, and they are "having a hard time tracking how" they got the documents. (Did you check your email?) Not only that, but two people in the building (which says to me 'CBS employees') are saying they came from the Kerry Campaign.
I'm waiting to see this headline on CNN. Then I'll eat my shoes.