The Cringe-Worthy Brian Williams Interview Shows Why NBC Should Have Fired Him
Well, that was embarrassing.
Well, that was embarrassing.
The Washington Post reports that an NBC News investigation has uncovered 11 more Brian Williams "embellishments." It's time to end this charade and just give Nightly News to the person who deserves it so both the show and the network can move on.
Richard Esposito, a senior executive within NBC News's investigation unit, was charged with digging through Williams's past at the network, and according to the article, "people who have spoken to Esposito say his group has compiled a number of other incidents that, taken as a whole, paint a portrait of Williams as a man who has consistently burnished his stories."
NBC News's upper-management has not only ceded its authority to the network's anchors and hosts, it's allowed those anchors and hosts to practically run the network into the ground. Somewhere along the line NBC News decided that because they pay these people millions and millions of dollars that they're the most essential cog in the wheel that makes the product move forward, that not only should they be the face of the news but the brain as well. You can see what that philosophy has wrought. Read more...
A whole bunch of websites traded credibility for access to Bill O'Reilly, allowing him to trash David Corn without applying even a molecule of journalism. This is not O'Reilly versus Corn, its O'Reilly versus his own words.
If Bill O'Reilly had a modicum of shame, he would have kept himself well away from the Brian Williams saga. But then he is the Fox News network's major star, and you don't get on Fox by having any shame.
Maybe more than any other network, NBC blurs the lines between entertainment and information, promoting and cross-promoting its people across its many platforms in an effort to heighten their star power. When you're, say, an actor in an NBC sitcom, maybe there's nothing particularly wrong with this. But when you're a television news anchor, it's a dangerous thing to do.
The week that was.
In what is quickly becoming the worst month for media ever, the New York Time's David Carr has passed away at the age of 58. If you needed reminding just how bad February of 2015 has been (and we're only 13 days into the month as of time of publishing), here's what has gone down so far:
Brian Williams can still come back from this. If no new controversies arise and the six months Williams is off amount to 2,074 new fascinations for America to fixate on, he could get the anchor seat back that NBC claims it's saving for him. But there's a pretty good chance that what's happening here is NBC will spend months floating a test balloon to see if Nightly News can survive without Brian Williams.
NBC News just doesn't worry about issues like credibility in the traditional sense -- not anymore. Credibility these days isn't something that comes from within a journalist and is then projected outward; it's bestowed upon him or her by the audience. If people are watching, that means you're credible.
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The thing to keep in mind about David Gregory is that while nothing is guaranteed in television news, there's little reason to believe he'll be going anywhere anytime soon, despite MTP's flailing ratings. The reason for this is obvious: It's tough to call somebody out for smelling lousy when you're all sitting in the middle of a garbage dump.