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NBC News Prez: Decision to Air Killer’s Video was “Good Journalism” but “Bad PR”

Howard Kurtz’s Monday profile of suddenly high-profile NBC News President Steve Capus (we’re assured that he’s “painfully introverted” at times despite his recent Tim Russert-esque camera-chasing) included this shot at radio host and professor of the airwaves Hugh Hewitt:

Capus bristled when conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said on CNN that “NBC will have blood on its hands the next time someone sends a video to their network of their mayhem.”
“We’re not above criticism,” Capus says, “but let’s not take the easy way out and turn to the lowest form of political rhetoric.” Still, he understands the public anger, saying: “Sometimes good journalism is bad public relations.”

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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