If you didn't watch Nightly News this week, here's some of what you missed:
Wednesday--During Pete Williams's story about Tom DeLay's conviction on money laundering charges, a Nightly News graphic informed us that Williams was reporting from "Reagan National Airport", despite the fact that he was clearly sitting in the NBC News Washington studio. (In a previous story, Tom Costello was reporting from Reagan National Airport.)
* During Andrea Mitchell's report on the conflict between North and South Korea, a clip of Adm. Mike Mullen (from "The View") identified Mullen as being a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is, in fact, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Moments later, a Nightly News graphic identified David Albright (founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security) as Adm. Mullen. (Albright was never correctly identified.)
* A "news story" about Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was really just a promo for NBC's parade coverage, with (as Lester Holt told us) "Matt, Meredith and Al".
* A story about holiday shopping included lots of gratuitous plugs for retail stores such as JC Penney, Sears and Best Buy. (Lee Cowan actually reported the story from inside a Best Buy.)
Thursday--Lester Holt's story about U.S. military personnel serving at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan identified one woman as "Sergeant Kanessa Galloway U.S. Navy". The U.S. Navy does not have sergeants. The equivalent Naval rank (or rating) would be Petty Officer.
Friday--At the top of the broadcast, Brian Williams used the phrase "wounded warriors" during his intro to a story about an organization that builds homes for wounded veterans. Brian often uses this phrase (and its companion phrase "fallen heroes") in news stories. These are loaded, subjective phrases and they have no place in a newscast that is supposed to be objective.
* In his intro to a story on the Korea conflict, Brian said, "And while it's easy to think about shopping, football, family and relaxation during this holiday weekend...." Another plug for Sunday Night Football on NBC.
* Ian Williams's report from South Korea was comprised mostly of the same footage he used in his Thursday report.
Saturday--During a story about hidden bank fees, Lisa Myers said, "And when he used another bank's ATM, he sometimes paid $6 or $7 to get $40 in cash." As she said this, the accompanying on-screen graphic read "Other Banks ATM". They forgot the apostrophe. But still, it was nice to see Brian's old friend "Samantha" Guthrie (as he referred to Savannah Guthrie on Oct. 8) anchoring the broadcast on Saturday.