Rather immediately called for a commercial break, and later apologized to viewers about the incident.
On June 1, 1993, CBS News correspondent Connie Chung began co-anchoring the broadcast with Dan Rather.
Demonstrators from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) broke into the CBS News studio on January 23, 1991, and chanted "Fight AIDS, not Arabs" during the show's introduction.
One protester was seen on camera just as Rather began speaking.
A number of bloggers analyzed scans of the documents, and rapidly concluded they were forgeries.