Another scare in the sky
The fact that for a time today we were on standby to do a network-wide special report on a jet bound for the U.S. displaying signs of hijacking went on to dictate our choice of how to begin the broadcast tonight. This is a uniquely post-9/11 phenomenon. There have been nine similar but unrelated diversions since 9/11. We'll examine the dynamic along with the jitters it causes.
Also this evening, some disturbing video tape from the Bosnian conflict... a story that deserves to be seen. And finally, a story involving the veterans we love... the men who fought in World War II. This time, the submariners. We hope you can join us. Enjoy your weekend.
Editor's Note: Hundreds of you contacted us about Tuesday's story concerning drugs recalled by Able Laboratories . Brian mentioned you could find the full list of recalled drugs on Nightly.MSNBC.com. The link was placed on the site at 6:45 p.m. EDT, but many of you said you couldn't find it. In the future, all Web content teased by Brian during the broadcast will be placed in a box labeled "TEASED RECENTLY ON THE BROADCAST." You will always find that box on the right-hand side of Nightly.MSNBC.com. It may be higher or lower on our home page on any given day, but it will always be there. We hope this helps. Keep us honest by using the mailbag below.
Violence in Iraq and a look inside Iran (Brian Williams)
Full confession Thursday: Our editorial meeting took place today with most of the participants a tad distracted. The National Spelling Bee is on live from Washington, and those of us in the word business (and the parenting business or both) were interested in watching the kids spell words that most of us have never encountered in an adult lifetime. We will show the winner tonight and chronicle today's competition.
But I digress. Perhaps the distraction was intentional, as much of our gathering was taken up by discussion of the current situation in Iraq. Among the stories we will bring you tonight: A look at the tactics employed by the insurgents these days, especially where it pertains to suicide bombers. On a personal note, there isn't a day that goes by without thoughts of our team in Baghdad. We know them all, we are all friends, and many of us have been to Iraq recently enough to remember the sounds, the sights and the dangers on a daily basis. Tonight's reporting will convey some of that. And once again we welcome a familiar face back to the broadcast: Tom Brokaw will report from Iran on the changing society there. It is a featured piece of the broadcast tonight and it's a terrific inside look at an enigmatic place.
Watergate tales from Tom (Brian Williams)
We have just exited a better-than-average afternoon editorial meeting. I say that because our friend Tom Brokaw stopped by (Some habits are hard to break. Tom attended this meeting every day of his life for two decades.) and we were glad he did. He shared some great stories about being on the White House beat during the Nixon years. Some great stuff about former press secretary Ron Ziegler, and the whole famous cast of characters. Yesterday was a great day to work in journalism... a great day to be in a television newsroom.
I spent the morning interviewing former President Bill Clinton at his home in Chappaquah, New York , and as I write this, producer Subrata De and I are winnowing down the various parts of the interview to use on the air tonight. Again today, Deep Throat dominated discussion in our editorial meeting, and we have some superb second-day coverage of the story planned for the broadcast tonight, including some details of this story being revealed for the very first time. I hope you can join us.
Welcome to "The Daily Nightly" (Brian Williams)
Welcome to this inaugural edition of what we're calling "The Daily Nightly." We hope this will be a useful supplement to viewers of Nightly News, as both a narrative and as a window into our editorial process. We had hoped to file this inaugural issue earlier in the day, but we work in a busy place where decisions need to be made constantly... and then changed. Just as we hope Nightly News is a part of your evening viewing, we hope you'll stop here first each day to find out how the broadcast is taking shape.
We will begin the broadcast this evening with the best-kept secret of my generation — Deep Throat. While the story continues to develop, today's news was dominated by an article (e-mailed to news organizations) from the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, entitled "I'M THE GUY THEY CALLED DEEP THROAT." Tonight, who is 91-year-old Mark Felt and how did he become the most famous anonymous source in history?
Also this evening, we kick off a series of reports on housing in America, along with the usual collection of news from across the country and around the world. Please join us...
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