NBC and CBS Trumpet Sunday Night Interviews with Joe Wilson, "NBC's Got Him!"

<img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="/media/2005-10-28-NBCNNDLpromo.jpg" />In a ten-second promo at the end of Friday's <i>NBC Nightly News</i>, an announcer excitedly promised, “Sunday: Joe Wilson, the man at the center of the CIA leak scandal and NBC's got him!” Viewers then saw a short clip of Wilson as he sat across from Campbell Brown: “The White House trained their guns on me.” Back to the announcer with matching text on screen: “The <i>Dateline</i> interview: Sunday 7, 6 Central.” CBS ran its plug for <i>60 Minutes</i> inside a <i>CBS Evening News</i> story in which John Roberts asserted: &quot;The case started with the outing of a CIA operative, but [prosecutor Peter] Fitzgerald found no crime in that. It didn't sit well with Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. In an exclusive interview for Sunday's <i>60 Minutes</i>, he told Ed Bradley:&quot; CBS played a soundbite of Wilson accusing Karl Rove despite Rove's vindication so far: &quot;After Mr. Rove said about my wife, 'She's fair game,' I would like to see him frog-marched out of the White House. Whether it's in handcuffs or not is immaterial. If it was not illegal, it was certainly, it seems to me, a dubious ethical comportment. And I think we deserve better from our senior public servants.&quot; <p><b>Video</b> of NBC's promo in <a href="/media/2005-10-28-NBCNNDLpromo.rm">Real</a> or <a href="/media/2005-10-28-NBCNNDLpromo.wmv">Windows Media</a></p><img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="/media/2005-10-28-CBSENWilson.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml"><i>60 Minutes</i> Web page</a>, as of Friday evening, has nothing on the “exclusive” Wilson interview and <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032600/">MSNBC.com's page for <i>Dateline</i></a> is also bereft of any mention of their interview, which is either a conflicting “exclusive,” or a re-run of an earlier interview aired to promote his 2004 book, <i>The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity</i>. The <i>Dateline</i> page does <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4856568/">feature a posting</a>, timed and dated 1:41pm EDT Friday, of a chapter of Wilson's book.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center