Network giant NBC has recently announced action on what has become a creditability crisis for the network. “NBC Nightly News” anchorman Brian Williams was caught in a significant lie, over his coverage of the war in Iraq. Williams falsely claimed that a helicopter he was riding in came under attack, a fact which has been disputed by military personnel in the air convoy.
Because of this lie, other major news events Williams covered have come under increased scrutiny. This includes his claims that during Hurricane Katrina coverage that he saw a body float by his hotel. NBC has now announced that Williams will be suspended without pay for six months. NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
This has thrust respected Black journalist Lester Holt into the role of anchorman, until the crisis is over.