LESTER HOLT: I think that as a newscast of record, a newscast that for many people is traditional family viewing, I think there is a huge responsibility to tell the good, bad and ugly of a story in a way that is acknowledging it’s difficult.
I said something on the air last night, as I led into our feature at the end, that I know that there’s been a lot of grim stories in this newscast. But I think it’s important more important than ever to really identify with the audience. As I told my staff here, like a week or two ago, ‘We’ve all covered the burning house, but this time we’re in the house.’ We’re all in the same house. And so I don’t know that I’ve ever done a story that is so universal in its impact on people around the world. And so we have got to bring compassion, to be as forthright with people as we can, but also understand that we’ve got to tell this in a way that’s not going to send people running into the hills.
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