Chuck Todd To Be NBC WH Correspondent

NBC announces:

NBC News announced today that Political Director Chuck Todd has been named chief White House correspondent. Joining him on the beat will be Savannah Guthrie, who has been named White House correspondent. The announcements were made today by NBC News President Steve Capus, and are effective immediately.

Chuck has been a friend of TalkLeft and we have long respected his political reporting work. But clearly this is a new path for him - which will require policy focus. He is plenty bright so he can definitely handle the job and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to him. I consider this to be a major upgrade in the reporting we will get from the White House than we have gotten in the past.

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    Especially if he keeps (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 02:56:28 PM EST
    Kelly O'Donnell off the beat. She is pretty partisan and really not good at her job.

    Ha! Yeah, good selection from every angle (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ruffian on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 02:58:17 PM EST
    Who got the job, and who didn't get the job.

    Not thrilled (none / 0) (#3)
    by BernieO on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 04:11:36 PM EST
    Todd may be better that many at NBC but that is a very low standard.

    Agreed. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Cream City on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 06:56:46 PM EST
    He has said and done some things that are questionable and in violation of the journalism ethics code.  Then again, how would he know?  NBC seems to avoid hiring people who actually got training in journalism in college.

    But all you music majors can take heart from this.:-)


    Savannah (none / 0) (#4)
    by txpublicdefender on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 04:17:11 PM EST
    I am so pleased with the choice of Savannah Guthrie.  I first noticed her when she was a reporter on CourtTV.  I remember her coverage of the Moussaoui and Deanna Laney (the woman in Texas who stoned her 2 sons to death under the belief God had ordered her to do so) cases, and she was first rate--much better than the typical CourtTV correspondent.  I think she gained a lot of notice with her Moussaoui coverage--she had a real knack for getting the complex legal stuff correct and without losing the audience in legalese, and she was very good, I thought, at presenting the case objectively, instead of giving the usual government spin (a la "he was the 19th hijacker").  She is first rate.

    I suspect (none / 0) (#5)
    by Vico on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 04:26:35 PM EST
    this is a part of the network's effort to get Todd ready to take over Meet the Press once he gets more experience in the rough-and-tumble.  Gregory is headed to The Today Show as soon as NBC can figure out how to blast Mat Lauer out of his seat, which was the original plan before Russert died. Gregory, thankfully, is a placeholder on MTP until an intelligent person can take over.