Darth Rather choked back tears today during an emotional interview with "Q&A Café" host Carol Joynt, saying "You've never met anybody who had more respect for the presidency than I do." But when Joynt asked him whether he'd like to subpoena George Bush as a witness in his lawsuit against CBS, he said he'd "like to not answer the question." Joynt took his response, and his knowing look, to mean that he's strongly considering the possibility. Rather also got teary when he talked about family members and close associates who said he shouldn't file the suit. And, he insisted, the whole thing wasn't born out of resentment. "I'm not angry," he said. "I'm not bitter." We're betting, though, that he's at least a little bit salty about the way Katie Couric last night called out his reporting in the National Guard story that got him in trouble. "There were things in there that were quite egregious in terms of how it was reported," she told the National Press Club. "And sloppy work is sloppy work They did not dot their I's and cross their T's when it came to that story And our job is to get right." Which probably comes as a surprise to Rather, who thought Couric's job was to take the news and "dumb it down" and "tart it up."
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