Friday, December 16, 2011

Some Stories You Won't See On NBC Nightly News

Friday's New York Times (12/16/11) reported that executives at MSNBC were forced to issue an apology to Mitt Romney after an MSNBC anchor reported Wednesday that Romney had used a phrase ("Keep America American") that had been used by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920's. (Romney actually said "Keep America America".) MSNBC reported this story after one of their producers read it on a liberal blog ( but apparently never bothered to research it or contact the Romney campaign for clarification. What a surprise--an NBC News producer that didn't bother to research a story. I would call that business as usual for NBC News. And for some reason, Brian Williams neglected to report this story on Nightly News. I guess there was no time left after all the important Nightly News stories about whales, pandas, Alec Baldwin's airline adventure, Will & Kate and returning soldiers who surprise their kids by showing up at their schools unannounced.

On Thursday (12/15/11), the New York Times reported that Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, commandant of the Army's school for drill sergeants, has been suspended and is under investigation after allegations of misconduct. (The Army has not revealed the specific nature of the allegations.) You will not hear Brian Williams report this story on Nightly News because it would contradict his policy of acting as the chief propagandist for the U.S. Military. Brian only reports rah-rah, gung-ho, eagle-soaring, flag-waving stories about the military. Another reason he won't report this story: On 2/1/10, Nightly News aired a fawning, obsequious profile of Sgt. Maj. King. Reporting on her suspension would reflect negatively on Nightly News's (and Brian Williams's) choice of profile subjects.

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