Schieffer to Host 'CBS Evening News'; Will Replace Rather Temporarily

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Byline: Jennifer Harper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Out with the old - and in with the old.

CBS announced yesterday it will temporarily replace "CBS Evening News" anchorman Dan Rather with "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer. Both are 30-year veterans of CBS.

Mr. Schieffer begins his new role March 10, a day after Mr. Rather steps down as anchor but continues as an investigative correspondent.

CBS News President Andrew Heyward said Mr. Schieffer will be the "interim anchor" for "CBS Evening News" for a "short transition period" until the broadcast adopts a new format.

"Naming Schieffer as interim anchor is good as a conciliatory gesture. He's been more willing to admit to liberal bias or unfairness at CBS. But this is not a final step toward restoring CBS credibility," said Matthew Sheffield of Ratherbiased.com, one of the Web logs that initially revealed Mr. Rather's use of forged documents in the Sept. 8 broadcast.

"CBS will have to make an effort to get a more ideologically diverse staff to get viewers back who are dissatisfied with the liberal bias which has pervaded CBS for a long time," Mr. Sheffield said.

CBS has been squirming in the public eye since Mr. Rather lost credibility by using forged documents in a "60 Minutes II" broadcast last fall that accused President Bush of compromising his Vietnam-era National Guard duty. In the aftermath, Mr. Rather announced plans to relinquish his anchor chair, and CBS ceremoniously fired four news executives after issuing a lengthy internal review.

Others are critical of Mr. Schieffer. Tim Graham of the Alexandria-based Media Research Center called him "Dan Rather's echo" after the newsman delivered glowing reports about Democratic nominee Sen. …