03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NBC: "Today" Afghanistan Trip Wasn't Meant As Diane Sawyer Distraction

So was the war zone trip an attempt by NBC to blunt the ratings for Ms. Sawyer's final week, or at least divert attention from her? No, it was coincidental -- but NBC couldn't explain why until after the hosts were already in Afghanistan.

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