The Washington Times - January 4, 2010, 03:33PM

Matt Lauer must have been absent from J-school the day the rest of his class learned how to conduct an objective interview. On Monday’s Today Show, the NBC anchor grilled Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) about DeMint’s “hold-out” status (h/t Newsbusters)in regard to Senate confirmation of Transportation Security Administration nominee Erroll Southers.

“You say we’re all on the same page,” Lauer said to DeMint on the show. “You are the single hold-out, Senator, in—in approving the President’s choice for the director of the TSA, Errol Southers and I’m—I’m just curious, in—in light of Flight 253 are you still gonna hold out on that nomination or are you maybe gonna come around?” 


Lauer failed to mention that in this nomination, it has been the White House that has taken its sweet time. More than 240 days of Obama administration passed before the Southers nomination made it to the Senate.

And Lauer’s very journalistic use of phrases like “come around” and “hold-out” make DeMint’s founded concern that Southers, who has remained mum on the subject, could implement collective bargaining as head of the TSA sound silly. But collective bargaining would severely debilitate the organization, putting American lives in danger in the process.

Here’s hoping Lauer “comes around” on the TSA and unionization.