THE THURSDAY OUTLOOK
There are two big stories tonight involving Americans and their health. One involves Wal-Mart, the other HIV. We'll draw it all together tonight.
There are some disparate names in the news: Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, John McCain, Hugo Chavez and Dr. Z. If we do our jobs right, we'll tell you all the stories involving all those players.
If you watched last night's broadcast, you saw and heard a small selection of the e-mails we've been getting -- most having to do with our interview of the President of Iran. A staggering number of e-mails are harshly negative, and the writers vehemently argue that we should not have interviewed Ahmadinejad and should not air his comments on NBC. Some of the e-mails are rude and hateful. Some vow never to watch NBC again. The question I'd like to ask is: shouldn't Democracy be bigger than that? How do we decide who we can interview...only those who are non-threatening and completely reasonable? Who decides that? I thought a comment made by "Lucy" on this blog put the argument best:
"What are people afraid of? That (the Iranian President) will somehow persuade us to become radical Muslim extremists? Let THEM be the ones who limit free speech. Let US be the ones who encourage it... even when we don't like it."
I'll leave you with that. I hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.
Editor's note: If you missed it, you can watch Brian open up the e-mail bag on Wednesday's broadcast. Just click here.
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