I admit to making my two children watch the gold medal performance of Lindsey Jacobellis, right up to and including the moment where it became a silver medal performance. There's a lesson in that, not withstanding the editorial in The New York Times today which sets new benchmarks in our era of the celebration of self.
Additionally, my friend and colleague David Gregory finds himself in the news following... shall we say... a boisterous week in the White House briefing room. David has written an interesting post for us, he is the subject of a Q & A with Editor and Publisher, and additionally finds himself an involuntary lead player in a kind of "Brokeback Briefing Room" by Rachel Sklar. It will be interesting to hear from some of those who have been decrying the lack of a Donaldson-esque leading player in the press corps in recent years... as to how they enjoyed the robust discussion on display over the Cheney hunting incident.
Tonight Mike Taibbi will tackle a topic mentioned here yesterday -- the performance of the American athletes thus far, and the performance of these games in the relentless competition for America's viewing attention. At the top of the broadcast tonight will be the awful situation in the Philippines, followed by some major developments in the Middle East and Europe. The weather back home is making news once again, and we'll preview Mardi Gras (which will be our next remote location after this one) in New Orleans. When our work day is done, in the middle of the night Torino time, tonight's the night for the Nightly News staff to gather (in an undisclosed location not far from the banks of the Po River running through this city) so that News President Steve Capus, Executive Producer John Reiss and I can thank them for their hard and relentless work.
Tomorrow night, you can watch along with us in great anticipation as we hope that the Daytona 500 finishes in time to allow us to get on the air. Such an outcome would be a win/win situation: an on-time finish would mean minimal race delays due to yellow flags (i.e., a safe race, no injuries) and would mean all U.S. time zones would be treated to our Sunday best.
Time to thank our blog readers and regular viewers for their relentless dedication and loyalty as well. We hope you'll join us from Italy again tonight.
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