Flashback: Dan Rather Dismissed Clinton Rape Charge as Old News

The media’s growing ardor (a la Matthew Dowd) that masses of female accusers must be believed in a Republican sex-assault controversy has never translated for Bill Clinton. Take, for example, our report in 1999 that not-yet-disgraced CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather provided the Exact Opposite of the Matt Dowd philosophy. It was the Don Imus radio show — then simulcast on MSNBC — on February 23, 1999. When women cry rape, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true. It’s too dated for the truth to matter.

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