MSNBC host Rachel Maddow complained on her TV show tonight that no one from NBC would come on her show to discuss the suspension of anchor Brian Williams:
"Again, breaking news tonight: NBC News announced tonight that Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams suspended, without pay, for sixth months," Maddow said.
"And here's the awkward part for us. I said at the top this was a little awkward, here's why this is awkward for us on this show and for me as its anchor: So we are MSNBC. The NBC in that means that we operate under the NBC umbrella, and there's a good reason why you see so many faces from NBC News on our air. It's because we really are working partners with them, we are working partners, we're a partner organization with them within the news division.
"But tonight even as we are reporting on this breaking news about the news division of which we are a part, no, NBC News will not make anyone available to discuss this story with us on the air. Now that may change in days ahead. You would think that if they're going to talk to anybody about this, we might reasonably get a leg up on getting interviews with any NBC News executives to explain this decision. If only because we're right down the hall. But so far, no one. I hope in days to come that that might change, but as of yet, we are not talking to NBC News executives about this yet. I live in hope."
NBC News has just sent out this statement stating that anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months:
We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.
In 2013, NBC newsreader Brian Williams re-told the fake story of how his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. The story, which he passionately retells to David Letterman, begins about the 3 minute mark, with many details that we now know do not reflect reality:
Williams admitted today that indeed his helicopter was not shot down in Iraq. (He was in the follow-on chopper.)
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