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NBC's conflict of interest

From David Sirota:
Over at the Huffington Post, Dan Carol asks a great question: how can NBC's Pete Williams be allowed to cover the Scooter Libby story for the network, considering Williams was a longtime former staffer for Dick Cheney?

That's right – according to Williams' biography on NBC's website, Williams is "a native of Casper, Wyoming" – where Cheney is from. In 1986, Williams "joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs."

Now Williams is being allowed to report on the indictment of Cheney's chief of staff for NBC News, as if he was just a regular old nonpartisan objective journalist. And, as Carol points out, Williams seems to be using his position on TV in some pretty questionable ways when it comes to the case.

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NBC News should know better. It's a clear conflict of interest. If a judge were in the same position, the media (including NBC News) would be crying foul. They need to hold themselves — the self-described objective observers/reporters of events and crusaders for truth — to the same standard. Tim Russert is a central figure in the leak investigation, former Cheney staffer Pete Williams is a reporter of the leak investigation... maybe NBC News is a little too close to this news story.

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