On Monday's The O'Reilly Factor on FNC, as host Bill O'Reilly and FNC analyst Bernard Goldberg discussed former CBS anchor Dan Rather's decision to cancel an interview with O'Reilly to promote his new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, and discuss the Memogate scandal that led to his firing from CBS, Goldberg characterized Rather as being "obsessed" with the scandal like Captain Ahab and Moby Dick because it will likely overshadow his legacy and other work.
Here's a man who covered every major story since the assassination of JFK. He has put his life in danger more than a few times. And I think he's painfully aware of the fact that some day down the road when somebody writes the obit for Dan Rather, in the first paragraph it's going to contain the words either "Memogate" or "Rathergate" or something like that, and I think that hurts him terribly...
He has become obsessed with this spending all the money that he's spent and all that. He's like Captain Ahab who became obsessed with the Whale, you know, who did him in. He just, he just can't let this one go. It's his reputation and his legacy.