Pay attention to this.
Mitchell: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?
Risen: No, I don't. It's not clear to me. That's one of the questions we'll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don't know the answer to that
Mitchell: You don't have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?
Risen: No, no I hadn't heard that.
Later, Atrios is saying that the Amanpour question and answer have been taken out of the "complete transcript of the interview."
I don't know if you believe me, but I looked it up earlier after I saw the Amblog post, to see the context, and it was there. And now it's not!!!!!!!
We're learning something about the NSA program here, although I'm not quite sure what.
Later: NBC's explanation?
Unfortunately this transcript was released prematurely. It was a topic on which we had not completed our reporting, and it was not broadcast on 'NBC Nightly News' nor on any other NBC News program. We removed that section of the transcript so that we may further continue our inquiry.Okay, so how does whether or not you've completed your reporting have anything to do with publishing a simple question and an answer. Is this some scoop that Andrea Mitchell let slip? Or just a poor excuse to retract something without any backing? Is his answer somehow invalid because you haven't completed your reporting? Or did you get one of those Keller type calls from the Whitehouse?
This is no answer at all.