CBS Evening News producer Rome Hartman calls the NBC News “civil war” pronouncement what it is:
“To be honest with you, I think it’s a political statement, not a news judgment,” said Rome Hartman, the executive producer of the CBS Evening News. “We deal with the events of the day, and we decide the best way to describe those events based on the news of the day, not by—never mind, I’m not gonna go there.”
Then he did.
“It should be noted that the day that this pronouncement—and who makes pronouncements anyway? But that’s what it sounded like—was a quiet day, relatively speaking, in Iraq,” he said.
Of course it’s a political statement. If it were simply a news event rightly covered, there would be very little to dispute. (h/t Romenesko)