NBC's Lester Holt: Will Perry Indictment 'End Any Chance' of 2016 Run?

August 18, 2014 | 12:15 PM EDT

[For more, see NewsBusters.] In just two days, from Saturday to Monday, the three network morning and evening shows deluged viewers with over 25 minutes of coverage (17 stories) on the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry. These programs made sure to speculate as to whether the controversy could "end any chance" for the Republican in 2016. On Saturday's Today, co-host Lester Holt began the show by trumpeting, "Texas Governor Rick Perry charged with two felony counts of abuse of power after he allegedly tried to strong arm a political rival. Could that end any chance of a White House run in 2016?"