Meredith Vieira Fires Back at Conservative Critics

Meredith Vieira, set to become the new co-host of NBC's "Today," fired back at critics who said her anti-war activism (as noted by NewsBusters' Brent Baker) doesn't mean she's a liberal.

Reports Gail Shister in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

An outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, Vieira says she's being unfairly labeled as a raving liberal by some right-wing bloggers.

"I'm an independent. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I'm not particularly interested in politics, truth be told. Every time you read the paper, somebody lies about something [about the war.] I've been vocal about it.

"Every day there are new questions. I want to know why we are there, what the game plan is, what the discrepancies are between what we're being told and what's really going on. [Conservatives] can paint me as anything they want. I know what I am. I'm comfortable with the positions I've taken in my life."