Ann Curry writes: In for Brian one last night, and I want to say it has been a real honor standing in for him and speaking to you every night.
Reading your feedback about the events of our day here and on Twitter, I'm reminded again that it's the animated discourse about what is happening in our world that is the juice of our democracy. And I'm happy to note this same passionate discourse is very much alive in our daily Nightly News meetings.
Today, for the second time this week, a potential story elicited a frank discussion about race and whether we can yet as a country really talk about it. Of course, you may know today's story stems from the bewildering number of times the radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger used a racist word to make a point, and all the fallout that came afterwards.
Our debate largely focused on whether this is enough of a news story to put in our broadcast, as controversial comments have come to be expected from Ms. Schlessinger.
If we do decide to report the story, I know it will be stronger in part because of the honest concerns and issues raised in our discussion. Lucky for us, our “rim” (as this team is sometimes called) is remarkably diverse, making us stronger and smarter in all our debates, and not just those about race.
Talking honestly and most of all respectfully—especially about emotional subjects, and with those with whom we disagree—has become a lost art, I think. At the same time, that it was not lost among the Nightly team is one reason I think the broadcast is able to be real in what it presents to you each night.
As for tonight, lots to get to, including new rules you will probably like about your debit cards, rising floodwaters in the Midwest, and stunning images comparing Baghdad as the war began to what it looks like today.
And I warmly thank you, again.