Saturday, June 12, 2010

Brian Williams Gives His Broadcast High Marks

These are excerpts from Brian Williams's June 9 Daily Nightly Blog:

"It should also be noted that the members of our team down there [the Louisiana Gulf] have been warriors."

No. Warriors are people who actually put their lives on the line. Your correspondents, producers and tech staff are simply on an assignment. Big difference.

"Anne Thompson has been there for the majority of these 51 days. Mark Potter and Kerry Sanders are residents of the region. Every piece, every night, has been exemplary."

Is that your unbiased opinion? Make sure you inform the Peabody Evaluation Committee. In case you haven't noticed, the other networks are reporting this story exactly the same way that NBC is.

"And for each of them, it takes an army of producers and camera crews to put them on the air each night. Like with war coverage, we have employees down there who haven't seen their families for weeks."

So? That's their job. And they are very well paid for what they do.

"We have rented houses for our folks to stay in and we have hired local boat captains to help us get around (at least we're putting money into the struggling local economy)."

Big deal. So is BP.

"I just wanted to take a moment to recognize some of what you DON'T see on TV—which is the work and dedication that goes into what you DO see."

Here's what I don't see on Nightly News: Coverage of other events in the U.S. and around the world. I'm still waiting for Nightly News to report that Japan has a new Prime Minister.

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