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Brian Williams Finally Speaks: 'It Has Been Torture'

Ex-'Nightly News' anchor says he's been examining 'black box' of his career

(Newser) - NBC has announced Brian Williams won't be coming back as its Nightly News anchor, and Brian Williams has announced, via an interview on Today , that the months since his suspension in February have "been torture." "Looking back, it has been absolutely necessary," he told Matt... More »

It's Official: Brian Williams Is Headed to MSNBC

NBC confirms Lester Holt will keep 'Nightly News' job

(Newser) - It's official: NBC has confirmed that it has given Brian Williams "the chance to earn back everyone's trust," but his days as Nightly News anchor are behind him. Instead, Williams will head to MSNBC, reports CNN , where he'll anchor breaking news and special reports, while... More »

Forget Illusion of Integrity: Bring Brian Williams Back

His job is essentially to be a 'front man,' and he's good at it: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - The allegations against Brian Williams may be piling up, but it's time for NBC to take a closer look at what matters. Media types may care deeply about the accusations, but it's not clear that those who really matter—the audience—really do, writes Michael Wolff in USA ... More »

NBC Sending Message to Brian Williams: 'You're Dead'

Sources speculate network is trying to force him out

(Newser) - Details about NBC's Brian Williams investigation are leaking out—for example, news broke that he may have told Jon Stewart a tall tale , and yesterday sources told the Washington Post that the investigation found at least 11 examples of Williams' publicly embellishing a story. Those leaks are likely quite... More »

Brian Williams May Have Spun Tall Tale to Jon Stewart

New York Times reports inquiry is expanding at NBC

(Newser) - NBC's investigation into Brian Williams has turned up another possible fabrication, this one involving the unrest at Egypt's Tahrir Square, reports the New York Times . The newspaper doesn't have the specifics, but it puts forward one possibility: In February 2011, Williams appeared on the Daily Show and... More »

Brian Williams on Suspension: 'Chalk One Up for Brokaw'

Vanity Fair piece provides details on scandal at NBC News

(Newser) - Vanity's Fair's massive look at NBC News' Brian Williams headache—and the other headaches that have struck the company since Comcast bought NBCUniversal in 2011—has been published. At Politico , Dylan Byers sums up "The Inside Story of the Civil War For the Soul of NBC... More »

Brian Williams Wanted to Succeed Letterman

According to new investigative report

(Newser) - Previous reports have noted that Brian Williams once lobbied for Jay Leno's Tonight Show job, and now it turns out Williams tried to get David Letterman's job, too. That's just one of the tidbits from a new investigative piece by Gabriel Sherman in New York that... More »

Allison Williams Delays Wedding

Says you can trust her dad

(Newser) - Allison Williams is delaying her wedding to CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen, but don't blame dad Brian. The brouhaha that led to his suspension from NBC News is just one reason, she explained to Seth Meyers during a Q&A Wednesday night at New York's 92nd Street Y... More »

Bill O'Reilly's War Stories Now Under Scrutiny

'Mother Jones' finds issue with O'Reilly's Falklands War claims

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly has been among those to criticize Brian Williams for his Iraq War claims . "It is extremely important that the national media stop the corruption and begin telling the truth," he said last week . Now Mother Jones reports O'Reilly's own stories about reporting in... More »

Berlin Wall? Met the Pope? More Brian Williams Qs

NBC is still carrying out investigation into anchor's exaggerations

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been shot at by Iraqi forces, contracted dysentery , and watched as a dead man floated by after Hurricane Katrina, according to reports by Brian Williams. Now, after being suspended for six months from NBC for misleading statements about his Iraq War activity, the news anchor is... More »

Quit, Comedy, or Comeback: What Next for Brian Williams?

Anchor might have been better off on Tonight Show

(Newser) - Now that Brian Williams has been suspended for six months from NBC Nightly News, analysts are asking the question: What's next? Will we ever see Williams return to his anchor role? Some are casting doubt on whether he can—and should—come back:
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Brian Williams Suspended for 6 Months

He won't collect a check, but NBC says he deserves second chance

(Newser) - Brian Williams won't be back on the air at NBC for quite a while. The network said tonight it is suspending Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war . NBC chief executive Steve... More »

Brian Williams Cancels Letterman Appearance

Embattled NBC anchor still on hiatus

(Newser) - Looks like David Letterman will have to save that "Top 10 Things That Really Happened to Brian Williams' Helicopter" list for another time: The NBC anchor has canceled his scheduled Thursday appearance on the Late Show, reports the Los Angeles Times . An NBC exec says the anchor, who's... More »

Brian Williams Pulls Himself Off Air for 'a Few Days'

'I am presently too much a part of the news'

(Newser) - Don't expect to see Brian Williams in the anchor's chair during the next few editions of NBC Nightly News. Facing a growing number of questions over the accuracy of several stories , Williams has announced, via NBC News , that he's taking a brief hiatus. "In the midst... More »

Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching... More »

Brian Williams Recants Iraq Chopper Story

Says he wasn't actually in helicopter that was fired on in 2003

(Newser) - It's a headline-generating mea culpa. Brian Williams today admitted that he was not aboard a helicopter that took fire and was forced down on a March 24, 2003, mission during the invasion of Iraq. The claim has been repeated by the NBC News anchor and the network over the... More »

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Had a Fake Name

NSA leaker's sit-down with Brian Williams was months in the making

(Newser) - Edward Snowden wants the world to know he was more than the "low-level systems administrator" US authorities have described him as—he was a trained spy and technical expert. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, the National Security Agency leaker says he was a spy "in... More »

Latest Brian Williams 'Rap': Snoop's 'Gin and Juice'

'Tonight Show' viral video is pretty perfect

(Newser) - If you liked Brian Williams' "performance" of "Rapper's Delight," you'll love this version of him doing Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice." The going-viral video appeared on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show last night, and the NBC Nightly News anchor's rendition got... More »

Brian Williams 'Rapped' Amazing 'Rapper's Delight'

Jimmy Fallon makes viral video for 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - In a pretty fantastic video that aired last night on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon's team pieced together dozens of news clips that resulted in a "performance" of "Rapper's Delight" by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Weekend anchor Lester Holt and Today co-host Kathie Lee... More »

Was Diane Sawyer Totally Drunk Last Night?

Plus: Brian Williams slams Donald Trump

(Newser) - If you were watching ABC's election coverage last night, there was probably just one question on your mind: Is Diane Sawyer really drunk, or just tired? Gawker has an amusing video montage that seems to support what many assumed: She was smashed. The video pieces together clips of Sawyer... More »

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