NBC News president Deborah Turness sent this memo to her staff on Friday afternoon:
This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News.
Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team. And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.
As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired. We’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you.
Since joining NBC News, I’ve seen great strength and resilience. We are a close-knit family, and your response this week has made that even clearer.
As a relentless news agenda marches on, thank you again for continuing to do what we do best – bring the most important stories of the day to our audience.
* NBC News to investigate Brian Williams about Iraq lie (nydailynews.com)
* “He should lose his job,” says ex-ABC News anchor Carole Simpson (emerson.edu)
* Williams should have stayed off those entertainment programs (politico.com)
Update: Just demote him?
Note that @TinaBrownLM isn’t a verified Twitter account
How did Gawker boss Nick Denton react A. J. Daulerio posting the infamous Brian Williams email? Daulerio tells me: “We had a brief spat in the office. He told me I was being a dick. I said he was being a dick. But I think we like each other again. There are more important things to worry about.”
* Wemple on the email flap
NBC News to Gawker: “Can you please have the post of Brian Williams’ email to Nick Denton taken down immediately? That was sent in confidence as friends and absolutely never intended to be public. A speedy removal would go a long way in maintaining the trust and respect we have for your site.”
Part of that Williams email: “….it was a fallow holiday period for those of us who check your shit 10 times a day by iphone.”
* Read what they’re saying about this on Twitter
There were many news stories about Brian Williams calmly delivering the news while a fire alarm went off in his “NBC Nightly News” studio, but my favorite report comes from fire/EMS blog STATter911.com, which used this headline:
FORMER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER HAS HIS NETWORK NEWSCAST DISRUPTED
STATter911 editor Dave Statter tells me in an email: “Saw your Brian Williams tweet on the fire alarm. Don’t forget he was a volunteer firefighter as a teenager.” Statter tells blog readers that when Williams was a reporter at Channel 5 in Washington, DC in the early 1980s and he was a WTOP radio reporter, “we talked many times while covering stories about our days as volunteer firefighters.”
Williams said several times during Tuesday night’s broadcast that “there is no danger to us,” but some of Statter’s readers still wanted to see the studio evacuated. From the blog’s comments:
This is why the general public does not react to fire alarms either. They also feel that their life must go on and just as important as a news cast. He did remain calm but should have set a better example by leaving. It is only news and not worth anyone’s life or the lives of those that watching his complacency may effect. Also how did he know everything was ok when he stated this?
Glad to see Brian takes fire alarms just as seriously as most of the general public does.