I just got off the telephone with Richard Engel in Baghdad... and received his always-fascinating view of developments on the ground. While his predictions regarding the future and his personal assessment of the situation were relayed to me as a colleague and in confidence -- as I've said in this space before, he is of a type -- I don't think I've ever heard my young friend as energized to be there, covering this story, in all the years he's lived in Baghdad. While he never suffers from a lack of energy, he's extremely energized at the thought of covering the events yet to unfold.
If broadcasts like ours merely mirrored the talk of the newsroom, we would lead with Judy Miller of the New York Times. The articles in the Times this weekend (and her own story, which continues to evolve) combined with the independent reporting on the Plame case are the talk of newsrooms in New York, Washington and elsewhere. Alas, what's good for the newsroom isn't always best for a national audience. We will know all we need to know in due time, as Mr. Fitzgerald's deadline nears. We'll have an update from Kelly O'Donnell at the White House.
General Motors will figure prominently in the broadcast tonight. It is a company at or near the top of the list of "legacy" employers in this country (our own parent company, after all, General Electric is the only remaining original member of the Dow Industrials) and we'll have a report on whether in the context of this UAW deal "so goes the nation."
Our friend Mr. Engel will report on the election results in Iraq tonight. Keith Miller will update the bird flu situation from Europe...where the news concerns an apparent spread to Greece. And tonight we debut a special series produced in conjunction with Newsweek magazine on women in the American workforce.
The members of our workforce hope you can join us this evening.