Brian Williams Tried to Give a Reason for Lying; says ‘Maybe I Had a Brain Tumor’


In the face of much incoming fire, Brian Williams couldn’t muster up the admission to his bosses that he lied about being shot down by RPG fire in an Iraqi helicopter, Vanity Fair reported.

“He couldn’t explain what had happened. [He said,] ‘Did something happen to [my] head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head?” the magazine reports Williams said right before he made what critics called a half-hearted apology on air.

Williams had aparently also gone rogue on NBC News’ PR department, who thought he would be talking to Stars and Stripes–the military outlet that broke the Iraqi helicopter story–off the record to see what they’d be writing: instead, he went on the record to admit he had been stretching the truth for years.

Beyond the nightmare Williams scenario, the story goes into the downfall of NBC News since Comcast took over:

“When Comcast took over, they had the No. 1 morning show, the No. 1 Sunday show, and the No. 1 evening broadcast,” a former top NBC executive. “That’s all completely fallen apart. I don’t know how you blame anyone but Comcast and the people it brought in. It’s been a nightmare.”

Inmates have been running the asylum in the news division, according to the report, and one of the chief culprits for letting things get out of control has been NBC News President Deborah Turness.

“News is a very particular thing, NBC is a very particular beast, and Deborah, well, she really doesn’t have a f—— clue,” a senior NBC executive told VF.  “She’s letting the inmates run the asylum.”

Another insider gave Turness more benefit of the doubt: “Look. Deborah Turness: I have seen no evidence she knows what she’s doing, but in fairness, she walked into a complete s—storm there,” says a former top NBC executive. “Today is a horror show. Brian Williams? He didn’t give a rat’s a– what Deborah Turness says. But this is fundamentally not a Deborah Turness problem. She’s just a symptom of the problem…. This is a Comcast problem.”

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Source: TheWrap | Jordan Chariton

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