Brian Williams Saga Continues

The Brian Williams scandal may be coming to a head this week after findings from a months-long investigation have been presented to Comcast/NBC honchos, according to deadline.com.

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, was caught in a lie about his experience during the 2003 invasion of Iraq back in February of this year. Williams had claimed that when reporting in Iraq that his helicopter was shot down when in reality the helicopter in front of his was hit by a grenade.

After breaking the initial story, Stars and Stripes reported on more inaccuracies in Williams reporting, including exaggerations on his reporting during Hurricane Katrina and encounters with Navy SEALS, according to Cleveland.com.

Williams was put on a six-month suspension from Nightly News while anchor Lester Holt fills in. Williams’s career with NBC remains in flux while NBC higher-ups decide whether he will be brought back to the program or dismissed all together. During the past few months a number of additional accusations of lies came to the surface, including The New York Times report detailing Williams’ description of his role during the 2011 Arab Spring in Cairo during an interview on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

The Times piece stated that the inquiry “has examined a half-dozen instances in which [Williams] is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts,” according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

In total, there have been 10 additional lies or fabrications discovered during the investigation, according to CNNMoney. NBC has refused to comment to any publication on the events leaving many to wonder whether Williams will be coming back at all.

Many are suggesting that the longer that this plays out the more unlikely it is that Williams will return to his position at Nightly News. When allegations first arose earlier this year, Williams attempted to apologize for his actions but his “half-apology” rubbed a lot of viewers the wrong way with many suggesting that he wasn’t taking responsibility for his actions.

One thing is for sure though, if Williams is brought back you can expect a much more sincere apology as allegations continue to pile up. It would be nearly impossible at this point for Williams to shirk any responsibility for his actions over the past few years.

Williams’ suspension is up in August so we’ll have to wait a few more months to see if NBC’s ‘star’ will be making a return.

About Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a recent graduate from City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Buffalo News, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times 'Fort Greene Local', The Daily Meal, and FoxNews.com.
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