The NSA and CNN

THE NSA AND CNN….I’m playing catchup here, but in case you haven’t read about this yet check out AmericaBlog on Andrea Mitchell’s interview with New York Times reporter James Risen. The topic was the NSA’s domestic spying operation, and Mitchell asked Risen this question:

You don’t have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?

Risen didn’t know anything about this, but that’s not what’s interesting. What’s interesting is that Mitchell asked the question at all. And what’s even more interesting is that NBC deleted the question from its transcript shortly after it was posted.

Question: Why did Mitchell ask this? And why did NBC delete the exchange from its transcript? Josh Marshall speculates.