Dan Rather by John P. Filo/CBS Dan Rather by John P. Filo/CBS

Appearing in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday for a hearing in his lawsuit against CBS, Dan Rather claimed that key documents are being withheld from him, namely a private investigator's report he believes could back up his infamously disputed story abut President Bush's service in the National Guard. "It is a fact that corporate overlords working in secret collusion with the powers in Washington are intruding far too often in far too many newsrooms," attested the veteran reporter, who is suing CBS for benching him in 2005 in order to suck up to the White House.

CBS counters that the docs in question actually support its case, and "will be made public" once introduced at trial.