Lawyers responded Thursday to Rather's claim the company used him as a "scapegoat" for a controversial 2004 report about President George Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
The CBS legal team called Rather's claims "far-fetched" and asked the judge overseeing the case to reject them.
"We at CBS are mystified and saddened by the baseless and self-serving allegations and distortions of fact raised in his lawsuit," the company's lawyers maintained in the Manhattan Supreme Court filing.
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