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 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 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.
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.
March 6, 2015 |
The Bill O'Reilly truthism scandal is dead. It's well and truly over despite an ever-growing list of allegations that the Fox News commentator misrepresented events during his career as a TV journalist while covering the aftermath of the Falkland Wars, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Nicaraguan Contras, not to mention the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It will soon be forgotten even if new accusations arise daily. For people who matter - O'Reilly's fans and his employers - the question of whether he lied is essentially moot.
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.
June 25, 2014 |
FORMER CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane gave birth to her first child, a little girl named Averie , this weekend. Lane is between on-air gigs at the moment, after a stint at KNBC in Los Angeles, where she currently dwells. Lane told me earlier this year that she'll restart the job hunt after she's settled in as a momma. "She's beyond adorable," Lane wrote to me in a message. "Totally in love!!!" Williams, Oates celebrated Brian Williams , one of the greatest heads of hair in all of broadcast news, will be feted by Temple University for something other than his cranial follicles.
February 26, 2015 |
Bill O'Reilly under fire Bill O'Reilly , accused of telling fibs about his experiences while covering the Falklands War for CBS, must believe that he's the victim of a liberal conspiracy. Why else would the Fox News Channel pundit lash out against mounting evidence that he mischaracterized a postwar protest in Buenos Aires by Argentinians angry that their nation lost the war to Britain. Reilly, who hosts the highest-rated show in cable news, writes in his book No Spin Zone that the demo devolved into a riot in which "many were killed.