NBC News 'Situation Room' special: The upside of sucking up to White House

NBC News announced Friday that Brian Williams' ratings-impaired, journalistically-challenged "Rock Center" newsmagazine will have a report on what it was like inside the Situation Room on the night Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals.

I guess bowing to the president and hiring the secretary of state's unqualified daughter as a special correspondent should be worth something, shouldn't it?

Check out the breathless language in the first paragraph: "In a first for network television," "unprecedented access" and "exclusive airing."

I'm not that excited about it, believe me. But even if I was, do you think it is worth damaging your credibility and abandoning a commitment to journalistic excellence to get this kind of pitiful payback?

On the other hand, if you want to control the spin and make the most political hay that you can out of this military operation, who better to employ than your NBC News anchorman poodle and Steve Capus, the man who says Chelsea Clinton has been preparing her whole life to be a special correspondent on "Rock Center"?

And yes, there is an interview with Secretary of State Clinton promised.

Here is the release:

In a first for network television, NBC News has been granted unprecedented access to the most secret and secure part of the White House, the Situation Room. In a “Rock Center with Brian Williams” exclusive airing on Wednesday, May 2 at 9p/8c, President Obama and his national security and military teams, relive the pivotal moments of the raid targeting Osama bin Laden.

The iconic photograph taken inside the Situation Room offered the world the first glimpse of a national security team at work during the Special Operations mission. Now, we will hear from many of the people in that photograph about what was taking place on that historic night.

“We want to present the definitive account of what took place leading-up to and during the tension-filled hours of the mission targeting Osama bin Laden. The NAVY Seals Special Operations teams executed an ambitious, dangerous mission months in planning. Our viewers will hear details never before revealed and see the nerve center of the White House Situation Room in this special broadcast,” said Steve Capus, President of NBC News.

On “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” Williams interviews President Obama in the Situation Room about one of the country’s greatest military missions, which until now, has been shrouded in great secrecy. Williams also interviews Vice President Biden; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Admiral Mike Mullen, USN, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (from 2007 to 2011); Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor; Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor; and John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

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