- The Washington Times - Monday, September 20, 2004

SEATTLE (AP) — A radio talk-show host said Saturday he has been fired for criticizing CBS newsman Dan Rather’s handling of challenges to the authenticity of memos about President Bush’s National Guard service.

“On the talk show that I host, or hosted, I said I felt Rather should either retire or be forced out over this,” said Brian Maloney, whose weekly show aired for three years on CBS affiliate KIRO-AM.

Mr. Maloney says he made that statement on his Sept. 12 program. He was fired Friday, he said. KIRO’s general manager, Ken Berry, did not return a call seeking comment.

Mr. Rather cited the memos, purportedly written by Mr. Bush’s late squadron commander, in a Sept. 8 “60 Minutes” segment.

Mr. Maloney said he had felt free to comment on the topic.

“Talk-show hosts have generally had a lot of independence in these kinds of issues,” he said. “Nobody ever said, ‘You can’t criticize CBS News.’”

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