On Sunday, NBC News political director Chuck Todd takes over as moderator of television's longest running franchise, Meet the Press. His arrival — which will feature an interview with President Obama — comes after a year of turmoil on Sunday roundtable program.
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As the son of the late Tim Russert, the longtime moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, Luke Russert grew up in Washington politics. So it was natural for him to cover Capitol Hill when he joined NBC News in 2008. His coverage of the scandal involving sexting House member Anthony Weiner helped nudge the Congressman into resigning.
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Newbie NBC News reporter Luke Russert took to the blogosphere Wednesday afternoon to right what he called a "dumb" misstatement he made regarding Barack Obama and students at the University of Virginia on the Today show.According to The Associated Press, Russert, son of late Meet the Press host Tim Russert, reported on campaign activity at UVA, then followed his report with a live conversation with Matt Lauer. In that conversation, Russert said, "The smartest kids in the state go there so it is leaning a little bit toward Obama."Russert took abuse on the Web for his doubly insulting statement, which could either imply that the students at other Virginia schools aren't as smart or that only less intelligent people would not support Obama. Tim Graham of the conservative Media Research Center said Russert was an "untrained reporter" who represents the "unspoken beliefs of the liberal media" on the NewsBusters blog.Russert responded via his own blog to say that he misspoke and "made wh...