Leak Wars…

Well after several anti-Williams leaks, which occurred after several pro Williams stories the week before, The New York Daily News’ Don Kaplan has the next pro-Williams piece and this one raises the ante big time…

This ship’s captain doesn’t want to throw the anchor overboard.

NBC News chief Andrew Lack is looking for a way to put Brian Williams back behind the “Nightly News” desk, sources tell the Daily News — and Williams has told confidants he won’t leave the network unless he’s fired.

“Andy believes viewers want him (Williams) back,” the source said. “The feeling is that (Williams’) problem seems to be more with the media and other reporters than his viewers — if Andy can figure out a way to get him back on the air he will do it.”

Oh boy. If this story is accurate, it really puts Lack and NBC behind a barrel…though not the same barrel. If Williams doesn’t come back, Lack looks weak. If Williams does come back, let the intra-network sniping commence…not to mention all the late night jokes at Williams’ expense for as long as he’s the face of the network.

This is all about leverage at this point. Last weeks leaks looked to give leverage to NBC if it opted not to keep Williams for some justification based on these 11 incidents. Today’s leak makes it look like Williams won’t make it easy for them to do it.

So much posturing…so little time. And then there’s this…

Lack is said to be furious over the leaks and his attitude bolsters a theory among observers that there is a power struggle occurring within the highest ranks of NBC News.

“The fact that there has been no resolution and that he (Lack) is still searching for a way to restore Brian is making it very hard for us to move forward,” a network source said.

And this…

But Williams is said to be less concerned with the money and almost obsessed with restoring his tarnished reputation.

He should start by looking in the mirror methinks. None of this happens if not for his actions.

5 Responses to “Leak Wars…”

  1. “Andy believes viewers want him (Williams) back,” the source said. “The feeling is that (Williams’) problem seems to be more with the media and other reporters than his viewers — if Andy can figure out a way to get him back on the air he will do it.”

    So…..in other words Mr. Lack believes the viewers can be deceived by a liar. Viewers have been sheeple in the past and Mr. Lack believes viewers will be sheeple again. Disgusting talk by someone who should have a higher standard.

  2. Is it apples and oranges to compare Roger Ailes willingness to retain (even aggressively support) embellisher Bill O’Reilly vs. Mr. Lack possibly going the other way with embellisher Brian Williams by not retaining him in his old position?

    Is the fact that one is a ‘newsman’ and the other is an ‘opinion show host” a distinction without a difference — or is it irrelevant?

    You be the judge.

  3. CORRECTION:
    Is the fact that one is a ‘newsman’ and the other is an ‘opinion show host” a distinction without a difference — or is it *relevant* and the 2 men deserve separate consideration?

  4. “Is the fact that one is a ‘newsman’ and the other is an ‘opinion show host” a distinction without a difference — or is it *relevant* and the 2 men deserve separate consideration?”

    ^^Whether a host is a ‘newsman’ or ‘opinion show host’ matters little here. The only “relevant” difference is that Williams viewers, co-workers and employers care that Williams is a liar and O’Reilly’s obviously don’t care.

  5. “The only “relevant” difference is that Williams viewers, co-workers and employers care that Williams is a liar and O’Reilly’s obviously don’t care.”

    ^^That does seem to be the case, doesn’t it?

    As strange as it sounds, I think Mr. Bill’s transgressions were taken by many — especially his fans — as just Bill being Bill. Kind of like when Brian Kilmeade says something outrageous or offensive.

    I watch Bill regularly and like many others cannot help but notice how much he bloviates, exaggerates and distorts during his Talking Point Memos and in his many opinions in other segments. His penchant for hyperboles is also ever present.

    Why do I watch? It’s simply the best produced show on cable news and I enjoy the debates.

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