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Los Angeles, CA - Brian Williams Taking Himself Off Air Temporarily

Published on: February 7, 2015 07:15 PM
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams says he's temporarily stepping away from his nightly newscast amid questions about his credibility. In a message sent to NBC News staff and released by NBC on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, Williams says it has "become painfully apparent" to him that his actions have made him too much a part of the news. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams says he's temporarily stepping away from his nightly newscast amid questions about his credibility. In a message sent to NBC News staff and released by NBC on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, Williams says it has "become painfully apparent" to him that his actions have made him too much a part of the news. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Los Angeles, CA - Brian Williams is stepping away temporarily from the “NBC Nightly News” amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, saying it has become “painfully apparent” to him that he has become a distracting news story.

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In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff that was released by the network, the anchorman said that as managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” he is taking himself off the broadcast for several days. Lester Holt will fill in, Williams said.

“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,” Williams said in his memo.

“Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” he wrote.

Williams has apologized for falsely saying on the air that he was in a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while in Iraq in 2003.

Questions have also been raised about his claim that he saw a body or bodies in the Hurricane Katrina floodwaters that hit New Orleans.

NBC News President Deborah Turness said in an internal memo Friday that the network has assigned the head of its own investigative unit to look into Williams’ statements.



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 Feb 07, 2015 at 07:19 PM Longwave Says:

Good. Another liberal, Israel basher off the air.

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 Feb 07, 2015 at 07:24 PM Anonymous Says:

His story should be taught in every cheder as lesson to the Yungerleit what happens to them If they make up stories.

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 Feb 07, 2015 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Brian Williams should be fired, immediately. CBS got rid of Dan Rather, and NBC should get rid of this person, who is not honest with his reporting!

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 Feb 07, 2015 at 09:58 PM Chaim Says:

Reply to #1  
Longwave Says:

Good. Another liberal, Israel basher off the air.

"Israel basher"??? Please provide even one statement he's ever made that you consider "Israel bashing." Let me guess: you're an Obama-hating heimishe Yid who thinks anyone who doesn't agree with Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levine is either a Muslim/Marxist/leftist anti-Semite ot a liberal/leftist self-hating apikorus.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 02:34 AM Mark Levin Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Brian Williams should be fired, immediately. CBS got rid of Dan Rather, and NBC should get rid of this person, who is not honest with his reporting!

When Dan Rather made up the false stories and provided phoney documents about President Bush's military service, he was given an award by his fellow readers at NBC and ABC.

It took a while for CBS to can the filthy liar.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 03:06 AM The Commish Says:

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Chaim Says:

"Israel basher"??? Please provide even one statement he's ever made that you consider "Israel bashing." Let me guess: you're an Obama-hating heimishe Yid who thinks anyone who doesn't agree with Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levine is either a Muslim/Marxist/leftist anti-Semite ot a liberal/leftist self-hating apikorus.

You couldn't have said it better. Anyone who believes a word from this Kenyan born Muslim/Marxist/leftist anti-Semite arab one quarter black President B. Hussein Obama must be a liberal/leftist self-hating apikorus.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 03:08 AM The Commish Says:

The liberal left wing lying media is coming undone. One phony newscaster by one.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 08:11 AM Shimon Says:

He's told many untruths, the biggest of which was when he described his daughter as "talented." Did you see "Peter Pan"?

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
The Commish Says:

The liberal left wing lying media is coming undone. One phony newscaster by one.

So all we will be left with is the right wing lying media like Limbaugh, Fox , Hannity.. oh joy!

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 07:12 PM puppydogs Says:

I can't believe they would get rid of the guy who just made the game saving interception in the super bowl last week.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 07:55 PM villiamsberg Says:

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Shimon Says:

He's told many untruths, the biggest of which was when he described his daughter as "talented." Did you see "Peter Pan"?

I saw the Yiddish version: Peter Pansky.

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