February 8, 2006, - 11:53 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Showbiz insider website TMZ.com reports that if NBC “Today” hostess Katie Couric leaves the show, Campbell Brown is the leading candidate to become new host of the “Today Show.”
If that’s the case, it’s cause for concern. As we reported here, just as “Palestine Pete” Peter Jennings “dated” (euphemism) Palestinian supermodel Hanan Ashrawi, Brown “dated” (euphemism?) slimy Saudi spokesman and Islamist apologist Adel Al-Jubeir. Reportedly, she even jaunted to Saudi Arabia with him. And, like Jennings, her “dating” situation clouded her reporting.
NBC’s Saudi Concubine?:
At the time, she was an NBC White House correspondent and covered then-Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah’s trip to the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas. Not a peep out of her regarding the Saudi’s request that women be kept off the tarmac and out of the air traffic control tower at the Waco, Texas airport. Instead it was all glowing coverage from brown-nosing Brown. Wouldn’t want to disappoint that fat-walleted Saudi boyfriend, now would she?
If NBC News officials had any interest in real journalism, they would have noted this glaring conflict of interest and pulled her off the Saudi visit coverage, but no way, Jose. Who needs concubines and harems, when you’ve got NBC doing the job.
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