After 44 years at CBS, Dan Rather must be able to commiserate with the man he sent packing over 25 years ago, the once legendary Walter Cronkite. Unlike Cronkite, Rather was not ushered out by his successor but by the network brass after he shamed them and himself with Memogate and his subsequent nonsensical defenses of his tale. When he reluctantly retired from the anchor chair, CBS's rating increased significantly as veteran Bill Sheiffer stepped in admirably on an interim basis. Shortly thereafter, 60 Minutes Wednesday which featured Rather's unsubstantiated story was cancelled, and Rather ensconced himself at the original 60 Minutes show. Last season, Rather did only eight pieces last season (vis-a-vis the twenty of a normal workload). Now he is in contract talks with CBS, hoping to be able to stay at the news network that he once commanded. Rather said that he has never had a conversation with Sean McManus, CBS News President since October 2005, and had only said hi twice, once at a tribute to Ted Koppel and once a memorial service for 60 Minutes director Artie Bloom. Rather added, "I have no feelings about it: he's busy." He added, "As ridiculous as it might be, I'm still trying to do great jounalism. I would like to stay. . .." However, he clearly does not know whether he still can hang his hat at the place that he lead, loved, and left adrift as CBS's face on the national news scene. A CBS News representative stated, "Dan is a 60 Minutes correspondent, and we don't comment on contractual issues."