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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 07:49 AM
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NBC tries to be forthcoming about Russert
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/1304...

NEW YORK - NBC News says it has tried to be thoroughly forthcoming about Tim Russert's role in the CIA leak case but has not told its most visible Washington correspondent to avoid discussing the ongoing political scandal.

"There is no need for him to recuse himself," acting NBC News president Steve Capus said Monday. "Tim Russert is not on trial."

A conversation between Russert and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, is central to the case against Libby, who was indicted Friday for lying to FBI agents and a federal grand jury. Libby said he learned the identity of a covert CIA officer married to a Bush administration critic from Russert; NBC's chief Washington correspondent said they never discussed it. snip

Still, it put NBC News in a delicate situation. Normally, a reporter's involvement in a news story would lead a news organization to assign others to discuss the story; yet the story has taken on an importance to the administration that it's hard for a Washington correspondent of Russert's influence to avoid it.

Taking Russert off the story would be "penalizing a man needlessly," Capus said.


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boston bean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 07:51 AM
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1. bull shit, he should be doing no reporting of the case. nt
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 07:52 AM
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2. Russert is the best liar the GE/NBC team has. They NEED his skills to
maneuver their precious BushInc through the minefield.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:15 AM
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3. I don't see how Libby learned it from Russert
Russert had no Clearance. And if so, who told Russert?
The truth is not in Libby!
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:46 AM
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4. TORO TURD! Journalism 101 = Objectivity FIRST
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 09:09 AM by rocknation
"What (Russert) did on Friday was the equivalent of Judy Miller The New York Times writing about what went on, or Matt Cooper of Time magazine writing about his involvement," Capus said. "I think that people wanted to hear what his involvement was. I also believe that the indictment has been written in such a way that it supports what Tim has been saying for years now about his involvement."

Being questioned about his involvement is fine--you're free to believe or not believe whatever Russert has to say. But unlike Miller and Cooper, Russert is continuing to "cover" this story in what is supposed to be a journalistically "objective" way, making the question of how credible he's being a legitimate one. You also have to factor in NBC being owned by a defense contractor that is cashing in on the Iraqi invasion. To quote the Downing Street minutes, how do we know that Russert, Matthews, and NBC aren't "fixing the facts to fit the policy"?

The six reporters who were contacted with the Plame leak should be prevented from covering the story absolutely. It undermines them, their employers, their public and the free press in general to place them in a position where they could incriminate themselves, or worse, impeach their own testimony.

:headbang:
rocknation
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:59 AM
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5. The Whitehouse does not "Leak" to unfriendly reporters
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 08:59 AM by Toots
The Whitehouse obviously considered Russert in the same league as Novak or they would never have called him. I notice they did not call Molly Ivens to shop their Treason.....
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:06 AM
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8. BINGO. They knew Russert was in their pocket.
That's why he got a call in the first place.

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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 10:00 AM
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13. If he was in their pocket, they would have told him about Plame.
They didn't. In fact, it is a safe supposition that Libby called Russert as part of his carefully crafted cover story, which was designed to throw off the scent any future investigation.

I'm saying that Libby knew when he called Russert that he would use that call to obfuscate the source of the Plame info.

Russert is a fact witness, and he would be doing all of us a disservice if he either refused to talk about it or took himself off the story.

As TV journalists go, Russert is in the half that is least troublesome.
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boston bean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 10:05 AM
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14. You should read the NBC statement and the Indictment.
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 10:14 AM by MassDemm
Russert only testified to the Special Prosecutor about what HE said to Libby.

NOT what Libby said to HIM.

please search other threads I have posted on this, "Russert is a lying sack of doo doo....."


edit to add link:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Tower Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:44 AM
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11. Exactly. And Chris Matthews as well. I wish one of these talking heads
would point out that obvious fact.
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Virginian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 12:45 PM
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15. Libby did not leak to Russert. He only tried to use him.
Libby called Russert to complain about the content on one of the shows. Then he tried to tell everyone he had heard about Valerie Plame from Russert.

I think he was trying to set up Russert. Russert wasn't one of his players.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:00 AM
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6. Ya gotta love that Tim and Ari and Cooper put Scooter in
prison!!! Karma!!!
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:07 AM
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9. Wouldn't it be great if Scooter were to return the favor? n/t
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Z_I_Peevey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:05 AM
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7. A real journalist would not need
to hide behind his corporate news boss. He would just refuse to cover the story. It's elementary.

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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:38 AM
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10. Class Action suit should be filed against NBC, CNN, CBS
For accessories to murder and to an illegal occupation of a foreign country. Im not exactly sure what the proper charges are that can be brought but they must be brought against these right winged propaganda machines.

In addition, we as citizens have to take legal action against the privileged white male executives who have taken out networks hostage. I don't think its a coincidence that every network is owned and governed by the same group.

Now to see them protecting and USING potential accessories like Tim Russert, Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell is beyond deranged. It is most assuredly criminal.
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 09:44 AM
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12. Now NBC is in the same position as CNN was with Novak
CNN got lucky, though, when Novak self-imploded on-air and gave them an excuse to finally get rid of him.

Remember Margaret Carlson's remark when asked why "Capitol Gang," never discussed the Plame affair, "It's Bob's show and we discuss what he wants to discuss."
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