NBC Promotes Snowden Interview: Is He A 'Traitor' or 'Patriot'?

May 23, 2014 | 9:54 AM EDT

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog. After news broke on Thursday that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams landed an exclusive interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the network began running promos wondering whether Snowden was a "traitor" or a "patriot." First a clip played of Williams observing: "A lot of people would say you have badly damaged your country." A second clip of the exchange feature Williams asking Snowden: "Have you performed, as you see it, a public service?"