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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Brian Williams Saga Continues



BREAKING: Brian Williams becomes first person in human history to suffer professional consequences for lying about the Iraq War.


The Brian Williams saga continues. 

In addition to reports of other cases of embellishment and hyperbolic ego laden exaggeration, one source is reporting Williams may face a very long term suspension along with an apology for the ages.

As this morning gave way to the noon hour, Mediaite reported on developing stories of Williams's misrepresenting coverage of the aftermath of Katrina.


Hotel Owner: Brian Williams Definitely Didn’t See Dead Katrina Bodies, Wasn’t Attacked by Gangs

More details about Brian Williams‘s dramatic misremembering of Katrina have emerged, with the manager of the hotel he stayed at directly contradicting his narrative of seeing dead bodies float in the street, being attacked by gangs in his hotel, and contracting dysentery.
“I can tell you that at no time did any of my people report any sightings of any bodies,” Myra DeGersdorff, then the manager of the French Quarter Ritz-Carlton, told the Washington Post. “He may have simply misremembered. But I can tell you no one broke out in the hotel with dysentery.”
DeGersdoff, who currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ, was in fact so well-prepared for Katrina that she won an award from the luxury hotel’s corporate headquarters:
She enlisted a number of local cops to stay in a half-dozen of the hotel’s 452 rooms, and at any given moment there were at least “six or seven” officers on hand. She dispatched a team of “strong, tall” employees to barricade the exits with king-sized mattresses, and to “make sure those doors stayed locked,” she recalled in a telephone interview with The Washington Post. And she had set up an impromptu “MASH unit,” stocked with medicine from a nearby Walgreens and manned by more than a dozen doctors.
The preparation paid off. Though the hotel was packed, everyone there made it through one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history in one piece.
A few looters attempted to break into the building, but were chased off by security guards, and DeGersdoff says that while it’s possible Williams saw a body, he probably didn’t see one in the French Quarter, which only got “a few inches of flooding.”
“I’m not going to judge him, because it was such an unpleasant week and there were times to be concerned,” she offered. “And when there is that kind of concern, you can misremember.”
The French Quarter itself was spared from much of the damage of Katrina, with few shops and museums looted and some minor flood damage. The Ritz-Carlton itself, however, is located in the lower areas of the Quarter and was mere blocks away from streets where floating corpses were found, and was forced to undergo a $100 million renovation after the storm. Different guests during that period have conflicting memories about exactly how high the water was: some told the New Orleans Advocate that they saw nearly six feet of water, others reported a few inches.
(Let’s be clear about one thing, though: Brian Williams reported on Katrina, miles away from the actual devastation of the hurricane, out of a Ritz-Carlton.)

Under the banner of "Tall tales, Fact-checking Brian Williams". CNN's Randi Kaye broadcast a telling segment about post-Katrina Williams and other reports that may not pass the veracity test. 

Williams allowed his ego and a need for self-promotion to place his lucrative contract in jeopardy and virtually kill his on camera career beyond local reporting at 5:00 and 10:00PM. 

Mediaite reported later in the day on NBC management's consideration of Williams as host of their prime time anchor seat.
The Hollywood Reporter cites anonymous NBC sources to say that network executives, including NBC News president Deborah Turness, are going to reach a final decision within the next few days over what to do about Williams, amid the ongoing controversy over his history of misstatements and exaggerations.
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NBC executive management may have lots to ponder and a history of outright lies to support their decision. 

UPDATE:  According to CNN's Brian Steltar, NBC management will place Williams on six months suspension without pay ($5 million USD).  


NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

NBC News takes Brian Williams off air for six months

NBC News president told staffers Tuesday evening that Williams had been suspended following revelations that he exaggerated tales from an Iraq War mission.

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