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Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Debbie Dingle and Savannah Guthrie
Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Debbie Dingle and Savannah Guthrie

“Comcast is honored to serve as the latest corporate steward of NBC News and Meet the Press,” said David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, to an enthusiastic crowd at The Newseum in Washington, DC where guests were celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Meet the Press. “We’ve always said that NBC News is one of the crown jewels of our company. The work of journalists in keeping our citizens informed is vital in our democracy. That’s never been more true than it is today; and we couldn’t be prouder of all of our NBC News journalists for the work that they do each and every day. The show continues to be a leader in journalistic innovation, and how news content is made and delivered.”

Andy Lack, Chairman of NBC News, acknowledged four very special people: Tom Brokaw, who played a sentient role in the history of the program – 116 appearances including his first during Watergate. His best moments with Richard Nixon include this funny story which Lack recounted:  “He asked a question which was a pretty cool question in 1988 of then former president Richard Nixon which is a personal favorite of mine. He goes back and forth with the President on Watergate, a pretty serious exchange, and then he asks the President, in the autumn of his years as Tom put it, to reflect if he would do just in a personal way, as a human being, ‘When, sir, are you self-critical of your personal style or how you treat people? Do you see anything that you might have done differently?’ And Nixon said,  ‘Well, I suppose I could have treated the press a little better.’  Yeah, I suppose those are words to live by. Treat the press a little bit better, at least in this room, please.”