Monday, February 09, 2015

Brian Williams Steps Aside

I haven't commented on the Brian Williams saga because I've been processing how I feel about it. Did he do something wrong? Yes. And yet, I feel a tremendous amount of sympathy for him. If his career ends this way everything he has done in his life is washed away. That doesn't seem to be a fair penalty for this crime.

TV Newser posted the e-mail he sent to the staff...
"In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us."

I hope he can come back. His reputation will remain tarnished, but at least he'll have a chance at redemption.