Brian Williams announced he is stepping down from his NBC Nightly News chair for ‘several days’, as NBC launches an investigation on the accuracy of his war coverage in Iraq. Will he be removed as an anchor for good?
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced on Feb. 7 that he is taking himself off the air for several days. After he “misremembered” a 2003 Iraq war mission, Brian is being called to step down by big journalists like Tom Brokaw. Is this just the first step towards Brian’s termination with NBC?
Brian Williams: Leaving NBC Nightly News After Investigation?
“I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days,” Brian, 55, said in a memo on Feb. 7 to NBC News staff. He announced that weekend anchor Lester Holt would fill in for him.
Though NBC News refused to comment on Brian’s return, Brian himself sounded confident that he would be back. He wrote:
In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.
NBC began their investigation of Brian on Feb. 6, about his false on-air statements that he was riding in a helicopter that got hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War in 2003. The investigation will involve a fact-checking process about statements Brian made during his reporting, according to our sister site Variety.
In the midst of his investigation, seasoned journalist Tom thinks that Brian should be fired from his chair, according to Page Six. The report also claims that Tom and former NBC News President Steve Capus thought Brian’s story was fake when he reported it.
With big-shots like Tom and Steve voicing their opinions along with the ongoing investigation, it’s hard to know what Brian’s fate with NBC will be. Though he has apologized, questions have been raised about other stories he reported, including his claim he saw bodies in the floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina.
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— Julianne Ishler