NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Suspended for 6 Months Without Pay

Womp womp. You know, I'd feel more sorry for Brian Williams if he hadn't, you know, been caught repeatedly lying his fiery pants off about his war coverage experiences. The NBC Nightly News anchor was suspended for six months of unpaid leave on Tuesday, February 10.

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The leave is effective immediately, and comes after the anchor's February 4 announcement that he may have been less than truthful when remembering a particular helicopter ride back in in 2003 during the Iraq War.

Williams, 55, apologized for "bungling" his remembrance of being hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire. It turns out that he was in another aircraft, which followed about 30 minutes later. He was never targeted by ground fire, or any other sort of attack.

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It seems that one would be able to remember whether or not they'd been in a helicopter that had to make an emergency landing because they were being shot at, but you know ... memories are hard.

Anyway, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced the suspension in an internal memo on Tuesday. Williams has been off-camera since last Saturday, saying he was taking several days off work while NBC investigated his false claims.

Turness said that the review of Williams' alleged lies is "ongoing," and that there are "concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field." She also said that he "has a responsibility to be truthful and to uphold the high standards of the news division at all times."

Novel concept -- an honest news anchor.

NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke added to Turness' staff memo, "This has been a painful period for all concerned and we appreciate your patience while we gathered the available facts ... By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate."

However, Burke also admitted, "Brian's life's work is delivering the news ... I know Brian loves his country, NBC News, and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him. Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone's trust."

Do you think Brian Williams deserves to be suspended for his exaggerations involving the Iraq War?

 

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