Having the inside track on the story, NBC chose to lead with the perjury trial of Lewis Libby, the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as the prosecution rested its case. That inside track was the final witness against Libby, NBC's own DC Bureau chief Tim Russert. Kelly O'Donnell summarized her boss' testimony as the defense played clips of his own CNBC and MSNBC appearances against him to "suggest there was bad blood between Russert and Libby."
Then Russert (at the tail of the O'Donnell videostream) himself sat down with Brian Williams for a debriefing on his five hours of cross-examination: "It is a difficult position being in the news rather than covering the news." As the resident questioner on Meet the Press, Russert recalled Lyndon Johnson's dictum that it is easier to throw grenades than to catch them: "Was he right!" Then Russert recalled the life lesson of Sister Lucille, his seventh-grade parochial school teacher: "If you tell the truth, you only have to remember one story."
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