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Brian Williams: ‘A Reporter, Not A Cowboy’

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Brian Williams is in Iraq. “The decision to come here was mine.” Bono is apparently not with him.

Good line from NBC News president Steve Capus, lifted from his exchange with “HowieKurtz on CNN’s Reliable Sources over the weekend:

KURTZ: Steve, did you have any reservations about sending your anchor into a dangerous war zone?

STEVE CAPUS, NBC NEWS PRESIDENT: Well, of course you have reservations about it. And we talked about this for months and months and went back and forth about whether this was a good idea. And Brian felt very strongly that he wanted to go and be back in Iraq before the anniversary of the start of the war.

This is his third trip since that time. And we thought the timing was right. And, as Brian just said on your — on that clip there from “Meet the Press,” you know, we’re going to take every security precaution that we can.

You know, I’ve known Brian, Howie, as you know, for probably 26 years now. First and foremost, he’s a reporter, and he’s not a cowboy. This is a guy who wants to get the story, but he’s going to — he’s going to do it the right way and take every precaution that he needs to.

Now, Anderson Cooper — he’s a cowboy.

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