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Cheney-Staffer-Turned-Reporter Now Covering Libby Indictment for NBC
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Cheney-Staffer-Turned-Reporter Now Covering Libby Indictment for NBC News
by David Sirota

Over at the Huffington Post, Dan Carol asks a great question: how can NBC's Pete Williams be allowed to cover the Scooter Libby story for the network, considering Williams was a longtime former staffer for Dick Cheney?

That's right – according to Williams' biography on NBC's website, Williams is "a native of Casper, Wyoming" – where Cheney is from. In 1986, Williams "joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs."

Now Williams is being allowed to report on the indictment of Cheney's chief of staff for NBC News, as if he was just a regular old nonpartisan objective journalist. And, as Carol points out, Williams, seems to be using his position on TV in some pretty questionable ways when it comes to the case.

Sources: Dan Carol's post:

Pete Williams' NBC biography:

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