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From The Memory Hole

1993: NBC News Hires Former Pentagon Spokesman Pete Williams

Journalist Glenn Greenwald made some posts on X this week discussing the long-standing revolving door in DC between the government and media, saying in part:

NBC negotiated a contract with Jen Psaki while she was White House Press Secretary.

ABC hired George Stephanopoulos — directly from the Clinton WH, with no journalism experience.

All these networks hire operatives from the US Security State.

Another example is Pete Williams, who was Rep. Dick Cheney’s press secretary starting in 1986.

He then became Assistant Secretary of Defense and Pentagon Spokesperson when Cheney was Secretary of Defense under George H. W. Bush, until 1993.

NBC hired him that same year.

From his official bio on the NBC website (bold added):

Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since March 1993. Williams was also a key reporter on the Microsoft anti-trust trial and Judge Jackson’s decision.

Prior to joining NBC, Williams served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years. In 1986 he joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named [Secretary of Defense], Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. While in that position, Williams was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.

A native of Casper, Wyo. and a 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO-TV and Radio in Casper from 1974 to 1985.

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