On the Bright Side:
Russert, Myers Overcome Lack
It took NBC five weeks and the
end of the impeachment trial before it ran its exclusive Lisa Myers
interview with Juanita Broaddrick, conducted January 20, on the February
24 Dateline NBC.
Confirming the Drudge Report
disclosure that there was an internal fight to suppress the story, the
Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz told CNN the day after it ran that
he knows "people at NBC who felt this interview was ready for airing at
least a couple of weeks ago."
Fox’s Brit Hume credited
Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert with standing by his colleague and
putting up the successful inside fight to overcome opposition to the
story from NBC News President Andy Lack.
On the February 28 Fox News
Sunday Hume offered his inside information: "Two people deserve
credit for this story at NBC News. One of them is Lisa Myers who got the
story and the other is our colleague Tim Russert, who fought for it, and
had to fight for it, which is not a fortunate commentary about the news
media today, that you know, that there had to be this great battle to
get this story on the air. This story, once that interview was done, and
the reporting that accompanied it was done, should have been on the air
immediately. It should have been on the Nightly News."
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