February 6, 2015 9:30 am -

Page Six is reporting that Tom Brokaw is furious with Brian Williams and wants him fired.[su_center_ad]


“Brokaw wants Williams’ head on a platter,” an NBC source said. “He is making a lot of noise at NBC that a lesser journalist or producer would have been immediately fired or suspended for a false report.”

…Brokaw, 74, was still the “Nightly News” anchor when Williams came back from his Iraq expedition — and an insider said he knew the story Williams later spouted was bunk.

“Tom Brokaw and [former NBC News President] Steve Capus knew this was a false story for a long time and have been extremely uncomfortable with it,” the source said.

NBC News execs had counseled him to stop telling the tale.

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D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Report: Brokaw Wants Williams Fired

  1. mea_mark February 6th, 2015 at 9:45 am

    When at first you attempt to deceive, what a tangled web you weave. Caught in his own web. Looks like the only way out of this web is early retirement.

    • fancypants February 6th, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      maybe jon stewart has an opening at comedy central

  2. Janet D'Angelo Beardsley February 6th, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Wait a minute, they knew it was a false story a long time ago and THEY said nothing? That makes them just as culpable IMO!

  3. Mike February 6th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Looks like there were others complicit in this fiction. Williams still has to go and NBC has to do a little house cleaning.

  4. ChrisVosburg February 6th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Oh wonderful, a “source” with a defamatory accusation who lacks the balls to put his name to it.

    I’ve about had it with this nothingburger of a story. Politifact was kind enough to collect a timeline of statements Williams has made over the years about this event, and what’s clear from this is that Williams has said often the helicopter ahead of his was hit by an RPG, not his.

    However, In some more recent cases, it becomes a condensed “we were hit by an RPG” without specifying which heli in the group actually was hit. Inartful, perhaps, as off-the-cuff comments often are, and I’m tempted to cut Williams some slack here.

    Williams’ apology refers to the single statement he made on January 30, which contains the phrase “the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG.” If he had said “the group of helicopters we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG, ” he’d be fine, but, well, too late.

    Apology gracefully proffered and accepted, Brian.

    • Mike February 7th, 2015 at 10:53 am

      I’ve debunked every talking point you listed above in another thread so you come here and continue to spread the fiction.

      He would not be fine if he said “the group of helicopters we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG, ” because he was not traveling with that group but with another group heading in a completely different direction. He didn’t arrive on location for more than an hour after the incident in question.

      He claimed his bird was hit with both RPG and AK fire. Fiction

      He claimed they came down hard. Fiction

      He claimed he feared for his life. Fiction (unless he was planning suicide)

      He told no less than 11 lies in the video I linked you to but you still claim he made no such statements…

      I guess it comes down to who are we going to believe…our on eyes and ears, or you.???? It only takes 30 seconds to debunk your post.

      • ChrisVosburg February 7th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        Mike writes: He told no less than 11 lies in the video I linked you to but you still claim he made no such statements…

        Well, Mike I did watch the video, which you posted in comments at another thread, and I didn’t say at any point that he never made the statements that are in that video. I could say that you’re lying, but prefer instead, Pollyanna that I am, to simply believe that you mispoke, or spoke imprecisely.

        It’s the same assumption I made of Williams off-the-cuff comments in his brief interview with Letterman. They were imprecisely worded, and this is what led to criticism, deserved or not.

        Incidentally, you need to learn the difference between debunking and disagreeing. You haven’t actually debunked anything– you’ve merely stamped your feet and cried “did not!”

        • Mike February 7th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

          I wonder what you’re getting out of perpetuating a farce…you’re obviously trying to ameliorate Williams’ actions…every time you post it’s another lie…interesting…please continue.

  5. ChrisVosburg February 6th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    And sure enough, Tom Brokaw flatly denies this story is true:

    “I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired,” Brokaw said in an email to The Huffington Post.