Dan Rather, who famously was shown the door at CBS News after more than four decades there over a disputed news report on President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, weighed in on the blasting Brian Williams is getting for his now-discredited account about coming under attack in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003:

“I don’t know the particulars  about that day in Iraq. I do know Brian. He’s a longtime friend and we have been in a number of war zones and on the same battlefields, competing but together.  Brian is an honest decent man,an excellent reporter and anchor–and a brave one. I can attest that-like his predecessor Tom Brokaw-he is a superb pro,and a gutsy one.”