No doubt there will be some in the news business who will hold that Brian Williams never should have been allowed back into the fraternity, but a man with more than two decades on the firing line with no major ethical or personal behavioral rap against him warrants an opportunity to earn his way back into acceptance.
NBC made it official Thursday naming Lestor Holt the new anchor of ¿NBC Nightly News¿ while bringing back suspended anchor Brian Williams in a demoted role at the anchor for breaking news and special reports primarily on cable channel MSNBC.
Reports that Brian Williams will be returning to NBC when his suspension ends in August but not as anchor or managing of editor of the 'NBC Nightly News' took on new urgency tonight with speculation on CNN.com that the announcement could be made Thursday.
Comparing Bill O'Reilly to NBC anchor Brian Williams who was suspended for lying about his combat coverage, "Mother Jones" today alleged that the popular Fox News host has his own credibility problems when it comes to accounts he has given of his work as a war correspondent.
Out of all of the things I have read and written and said myself on radio, TV and video about Brian Williams the past five days, the one phrase that keeps rattling around in my head is Williams saying on Saturday, ¿As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days.¿
The incorrect report on Wednesday night that the gunmen responsible for murdering 12 persons in Paris had been killed or were in custody is not the first time NBC News and correspondent Pete Williams got it wrong on a major, breaking story.
NBC News used to be very good at handling major on-air change. The passing of the baton from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams was textbook for how it should be done. But NBC News President Steve Capus and his lieutenants are doing to Ann Curry as they push her out at"Today" is brutal.
Since others like Mediaite and Eric Wemple in the Washington Post have commented on my denunciation of NBC News on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday for hiring the woefully unqualified Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent, I guess I better explain how I really feel.
After a year of speculation about how the end of Oprah Winfrey's show would affect ratings for local stations, the October "sweeps" ratings period shows the CBS-owned station WJZ surpassing the longtime ratings champ and NBC affiliate WBAL in the early evening hours.
I won't retrace the whole issue here, but CBS News is long overdue for some praise at this blog for investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson excellent work on the Department of Justice's "Operation Fast and Furious."
The TV press is doing a conscientious and aggressive job of covering the economic story, without getting routinely played by the political spin doctors trying to use the nation's misery for their team's gain. The news operations doing the best work are CNN, CBS and ABC.