In an interview with mediabistro.com’s Steve Krakauer, NBC’s Luke Russert opens up about his UVA controversy (“it was an absolutely dumb comment”), what the MSM is missing (“they don’t necessarily provide a forum for young kids to speak out themselves”), on what it felt like to be called a “rookie of the year” by NBC News President Steve Capus (“It makes me feel really good”), on nepotism (“Did my name get my foot in the door? Absolutely, I’ll be the first to admit that. But has my performance and ability got my butt through the door? Yes.”), and his hot tob picture (“I don’t necessarily think it was fair”).

Read the full interview here.