SEA CHANGE OR POND RIPPLE?
Have Democratic primary voters set off a sea change with last night's results in the Nutmeg State? Is this good for their party or bad for their party? Is Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman really going to run... against a Democrat? In all likelihood, we will begin with last night's election results in Connecticut and elsewhere... and where this might mean the nation is politically. As more than one of our producers pointed out in our afternoon editorial meeting, the coverage of Ned Lamont, the new Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut, has often taken on a dilettante-esque "gadfly" air... the modifier "Greenwich millionaire..." is so often attached to his name during introductory mentions. Is that fair? Will it begin to die down? Is that appellation used in equal amounts when describing other major political figures in the United States who happen to be individuals of great wealth? These were some of the questions raised in today's discussion of the coverage, and they are useful as an exercise and when deciding on our choice of words. Tim Russert will join us to talk about the "morning-after" impact for the Democratic Party -- and how the Republicans have been reacting today.
Now the ground war begins in Lebanon. With a new man at the helm of the fight, the Israeli armed forces begin their apparent advance as new explosions are tonight being heard, and as the humanitarian crisis in South Lebanon gets worse (say nothing of the ongoing situation in Gaza) and Martin Fletcher will have our report from a dangerous place. Pete Williams will report on the "missing" Egyptian college students and Lisa Myers will follow-up on BP. We also have a health segment tonight, as well as a warning for parents of easily-tempted teenagers.
NO GOOD DEED
Frequent readers know how we feel around here about the class of interns we had in our newsroom this summer. They were, as past years' interns have been, highly motivated, smart... and unpaid. Because so much was said about this particular group of young people, I asked them all to write essays about their experience. As with past years, we all took a photo together. Unlike past years, this year's photo was posted in this blog. It drew a few comments about the lack of "diversity" in the group... something we all immediately noticed for the first time when they gathered together as a group in our conference room. All I can say is: our News managers select our unpaid summer interns based on the strength of their resumes. They are interviewed by telephone prior to their selection. In previous years, our interns have better reflected American society. I believe that we are better served when those we work with... reflect those we serve. I have always said that diversity makes us better, and it takes work. Therefore, I have spoken to Steve Capus, the President of NBC News, and going forward, racial diversity will now also be a factor in our unpaid summer internship program, because our newsrooms have to better reflect our society.
I am going to take a few days off to take a break with my family. In my absence, please show Campbell Brown the loyalty you show me each night by tuning in and paying close attention. I'll be watching (I may even post from afar) and will look for you when I return. In the meantime, I hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.
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