OUT AS NBC NEWS
ANCHOR FABRICATOR …
The following comes as a shock to no one, Brian Williams is out and will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show. We figured the end was near as even NBC could not put him back as their Nightly News anchor with zero credibility. Williams is expected to move to a new role at NBC News, primarily at the failed cable news network MSNBC, and his career will eventually crumble. MSNBC is the perfect location for Williams seeing that the cable network doesn’t care whether the truth is told there or not. My how the might have fallen, from NBC News anchor to a cable network where more people watch infomercials at 3 AM for Snuggies.
OUT … Off to the news anchor grave yard at MSNBC
NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his experiences during a helicopter attack in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the decision.
Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role at NBC News, primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, which would probably be in a breaking-news capacity at the beginning, according to one of the people.
Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Mr. Williams as anchor, will permanently assume the position as anchor of NBC’s evening newscast, one person said. Mr. Holt was previously the anchor of NBC’s weekend evening news broadcasts.
Mr. Williams, 56, was riding high as the No. 1 nightly news anchor, drawing close to 10 million viewers a night. His popularity extended beyond the anchor’s chair; his quick wit and engaging manner made him a coveted speaker at dinners and panels and a frequent celebrity guest on entertainment shows.
But on his newscast on Feb. 4, Mr. Williams admitted that he had embellished his account of being on a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire in 2003 and apologized to viewers. The response put him and NBC on the defensive; military veterans took him to task, and media commentators and viewers claimed he had lost the trust so critical to a network news anchor.