Luke Russert’s Experience With “Perils of Live Television”

By SteveK 

This morning on’s First Read blog, Luke Russert wrote about the “dumb comment” he made this morning following a report on NBC’s Today show.

Russert (and the rest of the Today show) was in Virginia, and Russert’s report focused on youth voters at the University of Virginia. After it aired, Lauer asked if UVA’s affluent student body might make it the exception in political participation.

“The smartest kids in the state go there, so it’s leaning a little bit towards Obama,” said Russert.

“I MEANT to say that many of the kids who go to UVA are from affluent, highly educated households who are leaning Obama and hence their kids lean Obama,” wrote Russert. “Plenty of smart college kids will vote for John McCain from UVA, and plenty of smart kids go to Virginia Tech or George Mason and they, too, could end up being big Obama voters.”

He wrote it was “one of my first lessons in the perils of live television.”

Click continued to see the report and comment…