Brian Williams Suspended For 6 Months

Posted on February 10th, 2015 at 5:13 pm
True Brian Williams Suspended Tuesday was bittersweet for news anchor Brian Williams. He found out that his newscast had ratings success for the second month in a row and he was suspended. RumorFix has learned the veteran newsman, who lied about being in a chopper that was shot during the Iraq War in 2003, was suspended without pay for six months. The entire record of the newsman had been put under a microscope and a government official even questioned the newsman's account of the Katrina Hurricane aftermath, where he said he saw bodies floating down the street. However, RumorFix spoke to Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson, who was trapped in the same hotel Williams was staying at, and he verified the NBC anchor's account. NBC News Chief Deborah Turness sent a memo to staffers Tuesday reading, "While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position. "In addition, we have concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field. As Managing Editor and Anchor of Nightly News, Brian has a responsibility to be truthful and to uphold the high standards of the news division at all times." Williams is being replaced by Lester Holt. In the meantime, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was America’s Number One evening newscast in both total viewers and the key demo A25-54 for the month of January, marking its second straight monthly demo win. Nightly topped ABC World News Tonight by an average of +219,000 viewers A25-54 in January.