February 6, 2015
TRUE STORY: Brian Williams had a terrible Thursday. Wednesday, the "NBC Nightly News" anchor apologized for a dozen-year-old story he's been telling. It went something like this, and I paraphrase: "In 2003, I was in Iraq aboard an Army helicopter hit by rockets. " Thing is, he wasn't. Williams was on a Chinook. RPG fire was nearby. But the rockets hit a copter flying 30 to 60 minutes ahead of the one the veteran newsguy was in, according to Stars and Stripes . Whoops.
February 11, 2015
THE TRUTH IS, I know Brian Williams. I like him. He is a master of personability. The whole truth is I don't know him well. I respect that he climbed to the pinnacle of broadcast journalism - anchoring NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" - by combining hard work, intelligence, personality and craggy good looks. Not bad for a college dropout. I met Brian through his older brother David, who was a TV critic for a Portland, Maine, newspaper. At the time, I was this paper's TV critic.
February 8, 2015 |
Brian Williams' future? What future? NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he "made a mistake" (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down -esque incident in Iraq in 2003. What now? He'll be fired, for sure! Isn't that what Williams' most august predecessor, Tom Brokaw , demands? Nope. "I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired," Brokaw said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "His future is up to Brian and NBC. " NBC News prez Deborah Turness on Friday told her staff by e-mail that she has discussed the issue with Williams and his Nightly News team.
February 13, 2015
I'VE BEEN disappointed by many people in my lifetime as, I'm sure, have you. Unless we have hopes that exceed our expectations, life is a colorless and barren experience. At best, it's a mediocre slog. But when you trust someone to act honorably and then they turn around and betray you with dishonesty, it hurts. Depending upon your investment in that person and his or her place in your world, the hurt could be as fleeting as a paper cut or as painful and enduring as an amputation. By that measure, what Brian Williams did is a small bruise, one that will fade in a week or two. I had few expectations of the man who fed me the nightly news, someone who had a pleasant enough delivery, a nice face and some real journalistic chops.
February 7, 2015
Williams yanks Iraq story OK, what? Brian Williams , tall, slim, hair-in-place perma-tanned prevaricator? Man of trust? News anchor for NBC? Heir to Tom Brokaw , Chet Huntley , and David Brinkley ? Now just another celebrity fibber? Gosh, we hope not. On Wednesday, B-Will had to withdraw claims he made in a Friday show, that he was in a helicopter shot down by rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, where he went to report in 2003. He said American soldiers rescued him and his news team from the downed chopper.
June 11, 2015 |
EXISTENTIAL questions may not be the reason you've come to the People Paper's Hollywood gossip page, but here you are, and here Temporary Tattle is, and, over there, that's where Caitlyn Jenner is, and she's not going anywhere soon. Except, that is, if you count somewhere like court. Jessica Steindorff , who was injured driving a Toyota Prius in the Feb. 7 Pacific Coast Highway pile-up that Jenner also was involved in, sued the reality-TV star for lost wages and more than $25,000 in damages.
February 14, 2015 |
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
April 9, 2015 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in last year's execution-style slayings of three men in Lawncrest during a drug robbery. Cori Thompson, 22, announced his decision during a brief appearance before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter. The charges against Thompson - three counts of murder, conspiracy, robbery and burglary and multiple gun counts - now proceed to trial in Common Pleas Court. Thompson, of the Castor section of the Northeast, was charged in November in the Feb. 13, 2014, slayings of Keurlin Charles, 25; Vander Freemont, 34, and Brian Williams, 25. Charles and Freemont, who lived in the house in the 6300 block of Martins Mill Road where the bodies were found, were each bound hands and feet with duct tape and shot once in the back of the head.
March 19, 2016 |
A South Philadelphia man serving a long prison term for a violent home-invasion robbery has been charged as one of two gunmen in the 2014 execution-style slayings of three men in Lawncrest. The charges against Quadir Jeffries, 24, were announced Thursday by District Attorney Seth Williams after what he said was a two-year probe that employed an investigating grand jury to corroborate a trail of circumstantial evidence incriminating Jeffries. "Quadir Jeffries committed a horrible triple murder," Williams told reporters, adding that it took a grand jury to obtain testimony from reluctant witnesses.
March 25, 2015 |
J ULIE ANDREWS , who was America's Sweetheart starring in Broadway's "My Fair Lady" and movie versions of "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins," before baring her breasts 16 years later in "S.O.B.," directed by her husband Blake Edwards , will bare all in her second memoir. Hachette Books announced yesterday that the Oscar-winning actress is working on a follow-up to the 2008 release Home , which covers her childhood and early years in show business. The next book, currently untitled, begins in the 1960s and takes readers through her next three decades, including her many hit films.