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From the March 1999 MediaWatch

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 Posts 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."

Foxs 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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