NBC News Suspends Brian Williams for False Iraq Helicopter Story

 

NBC News has suspended “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams for six months, according to an internal memo sent by NBC News president Deborah Turness on Tuesday.

In the interim, Lester Holt will continue to serve as serve as substitute anchor. Williams is suspended without pay.Brian Williams Suspended

© Provided by TheWrap NBC News Suspends Brian Williams for False Iraqi Helicopter Story

The memo noted, “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’ account of being struck by enemy rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire while in a helicopter during the initial 2003 Iraq invasion came under scrutiny this week after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that were hit by RPG fire told Stars and Stripes newspaper Williams was nowhere near the helicopter shot down.

The memo (reproduced in full below) included a note from NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke, who said that, while the Williams

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