Russert/NBC soil themselves
So Tim Russert and NBC is so unhappy with clear and present evidence of Russert's ethics problems that they've taken to schoolyard tactic #1: Attack the one who calls you out...
In this case Arianna Huffington is the blessed recipient of a recycled 12-year-old charge (without evidence) against her. I believe the word is smear.
Huffington notes the air of desperation in the NBC PR dept.'s smear against her but uses the opportunity to reiterate the charges against Russert, not one iota of which were spoken to, much less refuted:
"Look, I know NBC News and Russert would much prefer to debate hoary charges against me rather than the real issues at hand. So let me remind them what those issues are."
"Russert refuses to come clean with his audience about his role in Plamegate. He is a participant. He was interviewed under oath by Fitzgerald. But he continued to report on Plamegate as if he were a disinterested observer rather than a major player. And he still refuses to come clean and explain why he fought to keep from testifying in front of the Plamegate grand jury about his fateful chat with Scooter Libby -- even after Libby signed a waiver allowing him to do so."
"Plamegate is the perfect segue to another unanswered question. How can someone with these ethical issues go and speak on ethics in the media, as Russert is about to do at Ripon College in Wisconsin next Thursday? And why is NBC refusing to disclose what his speaking fee is?"(HuffPost)
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