He’s back. Brian Williams made his return to the news anchor desk on Sept. 22 after being off the air for seven months for telling false Iraq War stories. The former ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor came back without much fanfare, leading MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States
“And good day, I’m Brian Williams in New York,” said the 56-year-old anchor as he opened MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States at 3PM EST on Sept. 22. His return came seven months after being suspended without pay from his anchor role on NBC Nightly News in Feb. when it was revealed that he had greatly exaggerated stories of experiencing combat while covering the war in Iraq. A subsequent investigation found that he had lied at least 11 times about his reporting.
The return of the Pope also marked the return of Brian. His appearance on the basic cable news channel is a significant demotion from his old post as the head news anchor on NBC. Lester Holt has since taken over his old position and is now the permanent NBC Nightly News anchor. In his first appearance on the channel, Brian went directly into his coverage of the Pope visiting Washington D.C. and made no comment regarding his return to the air.
In an interview with Matt Lauer, 57, on the Today Show, Brian spoke about why he lied and what he had done to make sure it never happened again. He said he understood why people were upset, but that what has happened in the past has been “identified and torn apart by me. And has been fixed, has been dealt with. And going forward, there are going to be different rules of the road.” He then added, “I am sorry for what happened here. I am different as a result, and I expect to be held to a different standard.”
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— Alex Cramer