NBC’s Powerful DC Bureau Opposes Brian Williams’ Return

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Brian Williams, seen during a 2008 taping of “Meet The Press,” was suspended from anchoring “NBC Nightly News” for six months on Feb. 10 for inflated statements he made about his reporting in Iraq. (Alex Wong/“Meet the Press” via Reuters)

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By Paul Farhi, Washington Post   April 23 2015
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Journalists in NBC News’s powerful Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network’s news division in February.In a sometimes angry series of comments, the journalists told NBC News President Deborah Turness in the private meeting in Washington that Williams’s embellished statements about his reporting exploits had damaged NBC’s credibility and that he should not be permitted to return to the anchor chair, according to several people who attended the session.The meeting — details of which have not been made public before — was called after Williams’s six-month suspension from anchoring “NBC Nightly News,” the network’s signature newscast. Turness met with the division’s employees in New York and Washington to answer questions about the suspension and to get their feedback on the crisis enveloping the company.

One person who attended the Washington meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams. But another news employee tempered that characterization, describing the atmosphere merely as “very raw” and colleagues as “shocked.” The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
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1 COMMENT

  1. Looks like Brian’s wearing a ROLEX Daytona, black-dial, stainless steel.

    For awhile, this piece was hard to come by in some markets; cool & trendy, yet *relatively* affordable …

    Scandals aside: anyone into fine watches on Anchors? It can be a formidable accessory …

    (I’m not really expecting any comments … 🙂

    HAGWeekend all-!

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