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Matt Lauer’s Rebel Yell

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The big news from today and yesterday is that NBC broke with the other networks and agreed-upon Bushspeak to term the current conflict in Iraq a “civil war.” The one given the job of breaking the news was none other than Wild Man Lauer, who stated on the Today Show, “As you know, for months now the White House has rejected claims that the situation in Iraq has deteriorated into a civil war, and for the most part, news organizations like NBC News have hesitated to characterize it as such. But after careful consideration, NBC News has decided a change in terminology is warranted, that the political agendas can now be characterized as civil war.”

MSNBC’s TV site has more on NBC’s position and what it means, with a clip from the Today Show.