I keep reflecting on the fact that John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University in 1962. He said we were going to the moon by the end of the decade, and we were standing on the moon by the summer of '69. We could use a little bit of that right now.
Our News Division President, Steve Capus, said in a staff meeting this morning that we almost need a separate department—for all of our broadcasts—to deal with the daily developments in the Gulf and the ideas that are floating around as to how to fix it. It should also be noted that the members of our team down there have been warriors. Anne Thompson has been there for the majority of these 51 days. Mark Potter and Kerry Sanders are residents of the region. Every piece, every night, has been exemplary. And for each of them, it takes an army of producers and camera crews to put them on the air each night. Like with war coverage, we have employees down there who haven't seen their families for weeks. We have rented houses for our folks to stay in and we have hired local boat captains to help us get around (at least we're putting money into the struggling local economy).
I just wanted to take a moment to recognize some of what you DON'T see on TV—which is the work and dedication that goes into what you DO see.
We hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.