The TV Addict to NBC: Holy Conflict of Interest Batman!

We interrupt your pleasant evening for a quick rant from

NBC Nightly News is leading… I repeat LEADING with breaking news on the WGA Strike. At 6:30PM, Brian Williams gleefully announced that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien will be returning to television on January 2, 2008. With Letterman working feverishly to negotiate a deal with his writers to do the same.

Now, the TV Addict is no Brian Stelter, but does NBC News leading with a story on the WGA Strike not reek of a massive conflict of interest? I mean seriously, is NBC Nightly News really going to report anything negative about the AMPTP considering they’re owned by NBC?

And don’t even get me started on the fact that with an upcoming US election, a massive snowstorm across the northeast and that little skirmish still going on in Iraq, NBC Nightly News is leading with Jay and Conan returning to TV.

Since Stephen Colbert can’t say it, this TV Addict will. Brian Williams — you’re on notice.

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  • Pariallo

    Well they have to express both sides of the story…

  • Michael Hinman

    I do not watch the television network news, so I don’t know if they have given other strike stories that same amount of importance as they did this story … if they didn’t, then that would be an issue.

    But I honestly don’t think that NBC News has become a stooge for its own network bosses. The news at these networks are practically a separate entity from their corporate bosses, a lot of that thanks to Edward R. Murrow. They report what they feel is news, and that’s that. :)

    The fact that this story was leading entertainment news should say one thing. Now, whether or not it should lead the overall news — that’s another.