Brian Williams Takes Himself Off Nightly
TVNewser’s Mark Joyella writes that Brian Williams is stepping away from Nightly News for a few days…
Brian Williams will step aside from “NBC Nightly News” for the next “several days” to address questions raised about a story Williams told of being in a helicopter hit by an RPG over Iraq in 2003–a story widely discredited.
In an email obtained by TVNewser, Williams told NBC News staff his presence on the network newscast had become a distraction. “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.”
This is huge. I was all but certain Williams would be staying at Nightly but taking this step opens up this story on a bigger level. I would now put Williams staying at Nightly at slightly less than 50-50…
The idea that stepping away for “a few days” is going to make a difference in deflating this distraction seems farcical. This story doesn’t blow over in a few days unless there’s a way to exonerate Williams completely from everything. There isn’t…we already know he fudged something. That doesn’t die down in a “few days”.
And stepping away from Nightly isn’t the answer to address this mess. Talking completely, forthrightly, and publicly is the answer (though I already wrote that we can’t trust it).
It’s not clear to me at all what stepping away “for a few days” accomplishes.