Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow to Head MSNBC’s Iowa Caucuses Coverage…
Variety’s Brian Steinberg writes about Rachel Maddow joining Brian Williams for MSNBC’s Iowa Caucuses coverage. I decided to cite this rather than MSNBC’s press release because Steinberg gets Maddow to comment on Williams and you-know-what…
Teaming Maddow with Williams may, at first blush, raise some eyebrows. Maddow is largely considered to be a meticulous reporter, while Williams started a tenure at MSNBC last fall after an embarrassing 2015 episode at NBC News which involved him embellishing a tale of a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. He was suspended for six months and removed from his anchor job at “NBC Nightly News” on NBC. His main job at MSNBC is to cover big breaking news during the network’s daytime schedule.
“NBC and Brian sort of investigated that and worked that out and came to terms on that, and I think he’s back on the air for a reason,” said Maddow. “There really isn’t anybody better in terms of handling breaking news, serious news, and as a resource for having to deal real-time with quickly changing information, he’s the best there is. She added: “What’s past is past.”
I actually feel sorry for Maddow being the one who has to front for the network on the Williams fiasco. Sort of investigated? What’s past is past? Ugh.
Nobody cares. They should care. But nobody cares that NBC has been positively opaque on its Williams investigation. There’s been no public accounting. Williams hasn’t said a word beyond that carefully choreographed Matt Lauer interview. And it has succeeded because nobody has tried to hold NBC’s feet to the fire.
In fact nobody has said much of anything about Williams apparently being MSNBC’s M-Fr only breaking news anchor. There have been several big stories that have occurred over a weekend timeframe since Williams’ return to air and yet Williams wasn’t a part of any of them. The latest one was the big snowstorm. I could see extenuating circumstances being a factor once or twice but it’s happened every single weekend that there was big breaking news.
Williams’ weekend disappearing act is a story – if for no other reason than there hasn’t been any discussion of it to clear the air.