The Embattled Anchor Responds To The Growing Controversy!
NBC News Anchor Brian Williams announced today that he would be stepping away from the network’s flagship evening news show for a period of time. The celebrated newsman, who replaced Tom Brokow as the lead anchor for NBC News, released a brief statement to NBCnews.com on Saturday, stating “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.”
Williams revealed that he had “decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days” and that he would be replaced by weekend anchor Lester Holt.
“Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” he added in the statement.
Williams has been the target of intense venom after he apologized Wednesday for claiming he came under enemy fire in a helicopter while reporting in Iraq in 2003, while he was being groomed to take over for Brokow. Since that admission, more reports emerged questioning the veracity of other stories Williams has told over the years, including his coverage of the 2006 coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
On Friday, NBC News President Deborah Turness announced the network would be conducting an internal probe of the Iraq helicopter story. “As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired,” Turness wrote in a memo. “We’re working on what the best next steps are.”
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