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Debate brews over whether NBC's Brian Williams can survive controversy

A vigorous debate over Brian Williams' future is brewing as "NBC Nightly News" aired Monday without the decade-long anchor. Some critics suggest that Williams, who apologized last week for falsely claiming that he was in a helicopter that had been hit by a grenade while in Iraq in 2003, should be fired. Others wonder if commerce will win out, since Williams has kept "Nightly News" at the top of the ratings while much of his news division crumbled around him. How much are the years of good work worth? "This is one of the toughest calls that I've ever seen," said Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University....