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March, 2011

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I’m a big fan of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and think that the whole NBC News operation does a great job, particularly with international reporting, and not only during times of great crisis. But I was wide awake at 4:30 this morning, very upset (seething really) over a 31-second piece that aired last evening.

After devoting (as they should) most of the broadcast to the events in Japan, Brian came back from a break to report on the four New York Times journalists missing in Libya. Please watch this 31-second clip:

Just how long would it have taken to name Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario? There was an on-screen graphic with photos and last names of the four during the report.Even if you’ve never seen their phenomenal work in crisis and war zones, a quick Google search would make it abundantly clear how talented they are and the honors they have received for their photographs.

So at about 5:30 AM, I went to the Nightly web site and posted a comment (first time I’ve done that), letting them know that this was, in its own way, a very discriminatory piece of journalism. I’d very much like to hear what you think.