It's hard to imagine NBC's Matt Lauer celebrating the birthday of a
conservative organization but the Today co-anchor, on Tuesday's
program, invited on former Democratic Mayor of New Orleans and current
president of the National Urban League Marc Morial to cheer the 100th
anniversary of the founding of the liberal group. Of course the
birthday announcement served as an excuse for Morial to publicize the
Urban League's latest liberal initiative something Lauer eagerly
MATT LAUER: You've brought some folks here with you. They're all waving the flag. And, and if you look at the buttons here Marc, it says "I am empowered" and this is an initiative that you're creating as a part of this celebration. What exactly do you want people to do?
MARC MORIAL: We want people to go to IamEmpowered.com . We'd like them to consider to sign, to sign a pledge. That pledge surrounds four important goals. One about our kids, one about jobs, one about housing and one about health care. Matt, we're trying to change the conversation in this nation to focus people on goals we need to have for the future.
The following is a complete transcript of the March 2 Today segment that was accompanied by the on screen headline "Urban Legend" which was probably meant as a compliment. But given that phrase conjures up myths - about alligators in the sewers - humorously gives the story an entirely different, but probably more accurate meaning.
-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.