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384px-Brian_Williams_2012_ShankboneI’ve held back posting any opinions about Brian Williams.  With his suspension and all the memes floating around, it seemed pointless to add anything to the conversation.

Until I had a chat with my parents.  They remember watching Walter Cronkite every night and trusted him to tell the truth.  They are viewers who want their news to be about what is happening in the world and in their community, not about the anchor.

Whether Mr. Williams “misremembered” or not is not that important to me.  What is important to me is that he is now the news.  And that everything he says, and by default what the network reports, is called into question.

Now that he is off the anchor desk, he and the network can reassess his role. And let the Nightly News once again, be news.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

3 Comments

  1. Alison Bailin says:

    He gave a very heart felt statement already – clearly written by his own hand, and clearly difficult. We all live in glass houses. Those throwing stones are in the same ones as all of us.

    Brian: Go to cable. Continue to be as bright, talented, charming and humorous as ever. Make a killing. Perhaps on Comedy Central to help us get over John and Steve’s departures?

    • Alison — we all make mistakes, how we handle them and bounce back is what is important. My issue isn’t with his mistake, but rather the fact that he has become the news. We will see what the next few months holds. Brian might be right — he could replace John Stewart on the Daily Show perhaps?

  2. Mark Roden says:

    For me, the issue is that networks are driven by ratings and nothing else. So much so that they allow this to go on for years (really, no one noticed that his story changed over time?) and did nothing. And all the other so called media outlets jumping on the bandwagon is simply smelling chum in the water and seeing what they can do to improve their own ratings.

    Show me a network that starts reporting again – does true investigative work, spends money on people to seek out the real story – and maybe then I will watch network news again. But until then – while it’s all about ratings and dollars – I’ll watch whatever network agrees with my position on any given issue.

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