Brian Williams No Longer Anchorman After Lying About Inicident While Covering Iraq War
"I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us."
- What happened:
- The "NBC Nightly News" anchor was under much public scrutiny after discrediting one of his own stories about being in a helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a grenade, and has decided to take himself off the air on Saturday.
- "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. As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue." (NBC News)
- The Reactions:
- Not so pretty.
- Some even brought politcs into the equation.
- But others thought the public scrutiny to be unfair and are more sympathetic:
- Here come the memes:
- According to the Wall Street Journal, NBC News President Deborah Turness stated on Friday that the network would look into verifying not only the Iraq story, but also other stories that Williams has reported on as well. This includes the story of Hurrican Katrina when Williams famously told the story of seeing a body "float past his hotel."
- To view Williams' apologie for "misremembering" the incident check out:
- And then his apology made it onto Conan: