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Brian Williams, Lester Holt and Kathie Lee Gifford Perform 'Rapper's Delight': VIDEO


Brian Williams and his colleagues take on The Sugar Hill Gang classic "Rapper's Delight".


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Apple CEO Tim Cook's First TV Interview: VIDEO


Tim Cook gave his first full TV interview last night to Brian Williams on Rock Center, and his first since the death of Steve Jobs. Cook talked about problems that the company has faced since then — the Maps application, controversy over its factories in China — and what plans the company might have for the future, including, possibly, an Apple-branded TV.

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Though the interview talked about the many ways that Apple is now trying to be transparent, that doesn't extend to Cook's personal life, since he's still not saying much about life at home, aside from the fact that he' a very private individual, and works out and visits National Parks to de-stress.

Wrote Gawker in August of last year:

After Cook was profiled as a "lifelong bachelor" and "intensely private" elsewhere, we wondered if he might be gay. We've since heard from two well-placed sources that this is indeed the case, and it sounds like Cook's sexual orientation has been the topic of at least some discussion within the company. One tech executive who has spoken to multiple Apple management veterans about Cook was told executives there would support Cook if he publicly acknowledged his orientation, and even would encourage him to do so as he steps up his leadership role, but that they also had concerns about whether his coming out would impact the perception of the Apple brand.

Wrote Felix Salmon in a powerful piece for Reuters:

But surely this is something we can and should be celebrating, if only in the name of diversity — that a company which by some measures the largest and most important in the world is now being run by a gay man....

None of that came up in the interview so it rings slightly false when Williams proclaims, "This is kind of your television coming out."

We'll be waiting for that. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about this? Would Cook's coming out impact the perception of Apple? In what ways would it make a difference? Would a similar interview with the heads of Google or Amazon mention their lives at home with their wives and children?

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Chelsea Clinton Makes Debut on NBC Nightly News: VIDEO


Chelsea Clinton made her debut on NBC Nightly News last night.

TVNewser was impressed by her delivery but the NYT's Alessandra Stanley seemed consumed by Clinton's motives:

Television gives Ms. Clinton more than a platform for her charitable causes. It’s a fast track to all kinds of careers, including politics. The best, and perhaps, only way to trump inherited fame is to double-down on it. Television doesn’t often lend its stars dignity, but it is the great equalizer: almost anyone on it long enough can become as well known as the parents who helped get them the job. To younger viewers at least, Tori Spelling has become perhaps even more famous than her legendary father, producer Aaron Spelling, merely by putting a camera on her private life for her reality series. The Kardashian daughters have done the same.


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Obama Jokes About Being 'in Bed' with Brian Williams


Riffing on Brian Williams' special Inside the White House at the Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner Friday night, Obama joked:

"It wasn't easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought."

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Chuck Todd: McCain-Palin Campaign Has Taken Dark Internal Turn

NBC's Brian Williams did an interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin that aired yesterday. You can watch two clips of it here:

Following the interview, Williams and Chuck Todd did some analysis of McCain-Palin, and basically told Chris Matthews that the campaign has become unhinged.

Wiliams_toddSaid Todd: "There's no chemistry - I couldn't see chemistry between John McCain and Sarah Palin. I felt as if we grabbed two people and said, 'Here, sit next to each other. We're going to conduct an interview.' They're not comfortable with each other yet. The other thing about it is, you can tell they know they're losing. There's an intensity there. They're drained. The entire campaign staff is drained. The two candidates seem guarded. They seem on edge. It's not as if they're rude or anything. It's not as if they weren't trying to be forthcoming. It's a negative intensity, I don't know how else to describe it...Is John McCain starting to blame her for things, blaming himself? Is she blaming him?...I can't emphasize enough the odd body language."

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Brian Williams Clarifies "Marriage Under Attack" Statement

NBC Anchor Brian Williams responded on his blog to yesterday's "marriage under attack" controversy.

Brian_williamsWrote Williams: "I was the recipient today of several emails from well-intentioned people, telling me I was being attacked in parts of the blogosphere for something I wrote and said on the air in last night's broadcast. It was a closing piece about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip celebrating their 60th anniversary. I noted this accomplishment, especially in this era when, as I put it, marriage seems 'under attack' as an institution. My meaning? Our national divorce rate, which is currently somewhere between 40 and 50 percent. Others took it upon themselves to decide that I was somehow attacking gay marriage. The simple fact is that nothing could have been further from my mind, as many others easily understood. In fact, one comment shared with me today came from a respected member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, who said, 'It seemed to me he was talking about the sky-high heterosexual divorce rates. Marriage IS under attack -- by straight people. It had nothing to do with the gay marriage movement.'"

While Williams' perspective is certainly understandable, in a time when gays and lesbians are accused of attacking the institution by right-wingers and presidential candidates on a daily basis, anyone can see why there might be confusion about his rhetoric. It was right of him to clarify, but perhaps the perspective of a different segment of the population might enter his thought process the next time the topic comes up.

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