Former “Dateline” reporter blasts NBC

2 Jan

Another big embarrassment for big media. 

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – A former “Dateline NBC” correspondent claims that in the aftermath of September 11, the network diverted him from reporting on al Qaeda and instead wanted him to ride along with the country’s “forgotten heroes,” firefighters.

John Hockenberry, who was laid off from “Dateline” in early 2005, wrote in this month’s Technology Review that on the Sunday after the September 2001 attacks he was pitching stories on the origins of al Qaeda and Islamic fundamentalism. He claimed that then-NBC programming chief Jeff Zucker, who came into a meeting Hockenberry was having with “Dateline” executive producer David Corvo, said “Dateline” should instead focus on the firefighters and perhaps ride along with them a la “Cops,” the Fox reality series.

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