And just like that, he’s back in conservative bloggers’ good graces. Redemption, baby!

Just kidding.

In “Lone Star,” an unauthorized bio of Rather out this September, Alan Weisman writes that [Morley] Safer “has not been a friend of Rather’s for years, since their days in Vietnam.” The final straw came when Rather took over for Safer not long after Safer’s jolting report about the burning of a Vietnam village by a platoon of U.S. Marines.

“When Rather replaced me . . . he went to a group of Marines and said, ‘If I were you guys, I would have shot him.’ Or words to that effect,” Safer tells Weisman. “And that my report should never have gone on the air.” Asked whether Rather had ripped his fellow newsman to cozy up with the troops, Safer bristles, “Who the hell knows why? Have I ever confronted him about it? No. Now we just have a polite relationship.”

Follow the link for some choice quotes from CBS execs about Rather’s reputation after Memogate. Follow this one, too. Does the word “radioactive” mean anything to you?