The comments of an American general are gathering lots of attention, and our coverage of this current violent period in Iraq continues tonight. And we must continue to remember that at the heart of this or any debate over Iraq... are the Americans serving there, and their families over here.
Also tonight, an update on the Congressional Page scandal, a report on dirty bombs (just how "easy" a science is it?) and our promoted story on the rush to educate our kids, beginning in the crib.
We'll also read a few of our viewers' e-mails on the broadcast tonight.
AFTER THE BROADCAST...
Tonight I have the tremendous honor of being the speaker at the foremost event of the New York social and political calendar each year: the Al Smith Dinner. White tie and tails. It is traditionally a night of bipartisanship and good humor. I certainly intend for my remarks to meet that very definition.
As of 4 p.m. ET, my speech is not yet finished. I'd be really worried if I had, say, a broadcast to do between now and then.
You may have seen that our company is in the news today -- readers of the Wall Street Journal woke up to a page 1 lead story about NBC Universal, and I cannot allow this opportunity to pass without commenting on it here for those interested parties:
Nothing about the mission of NBC News changed today. It never will.
Just as there are new hot spots in the world, and just as we have been opening new bureaus to reflect that reality, we must also change to reflect a new electronic reality. In the 14 years I have been with NBC News, and even in the two years I have spent in this job, the way we distribute the information we gather has changed exponentially. It is time to change along with the various forms of media that are changing, and quickly, all around us.
30 Rock is our World Headquarters. It has always been the hub and the beating heart of this network. Our 24-hour cable news network, MSNBC, belongs here with the rest of the News Division.
If, at any time, the actions taken by my company today end up compromising our mission to gather and report the news, I will make my feelings known loudly and promptly.
BACK TO THE REAL NEWS...
We hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.
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