WASHINGTON — A miffed Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused NBC prexy Andy Lack of being “evasive” and “arrogant” in refusing to supply inhouse videotapes allegedly proving that GE topper Jack Welch influenced Peacock news coverage Election Night.
In a blistering four-page letter to Lack, Waxman pointed out that it is a federal crime to alter or destroy videotapes requested by a congressional committee.
Earlier this year, the legislator was present during a House hearing on Election Night gaffes by the Big Four networks. Addressing Lack, one of those testifying, Waxman asked about allegations that Welch, whose GE owns NBC, told network news toppers to call the November race for then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
“You’re certainly welcome to the tape,” Lack testified, after noting that the allegations regarding Welch were untrue. “I know that advertising and promotion was around then. I don’t know if there is a tape for you to look at.”
In subsequent correspondence with Waxman, however, Lack said it was inappropriate to turn over any such tapes, if they do indeed exist. Earlier this week, Lack wrote Waxman that he considered the matter closed.
Waxman, however, said the matter is not shut at all, hinting that he could always use Congress’ subpoena power to get the NBC inhouse tape.