“CBS News has a lot to answer for,” Rather said of the discredited segment.
“I don’t want in any way to add to their burden,” he added. “I know what it feels like to be the correspondent who is at the center of controversy.”
Rather stepped down as anchor and managing editor of ”CBS Evening News” in 2005. His long career at the Eye was tarnished by his connection to a 2004 report on newsmag “60 Minutes II” about President George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard that was based on documents that could not be authenticated in a subsequent probe.
Rather told Morgan he does not believe “60 Minutes” anchor Lara Logan should be terminated for her part in the Benghazi report.
“Unfortunately…they were taken in by a man who was a fraud,” he said.
Following an internal review of the Oct. 27 segment, CBS News put Logan on indefinite leave after what the network found to be lacking in its efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.