Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams whose career imploded after he was caught lying on the air in 2015 about being on a helicopter in a combat zone in Iraq in 2003 has apparently made it back into the good graces at the network.
Williams appeared at the recent upfronts–an annual presentation where networks preview their fall programs for advertisers, which is normally reserved only for the network’s stars and an event that Williams hasn’t been a part of since his downfall.
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke who called Williams’ lie a faux pas and said it was “inexcusable” is letting his recent track record speak for itself as to why he is now an important part of NBC’s future plans.
For the network, Williams has done a credible job with his program “The 11th Hour” as well as the face of MSNBC on big breaking news stories. It’s still a far cry from his evening news gig, but as time goes by NBC is hoping that viewers will forget what Williams did which is apparently what is happening as there has been no backlash to his reascendance. The fact that NBC didn’t fire Williams in 2015 and move on as they should have shows their lack of commitment to truth in journalism and that they are planning on using him in their 2020 election coverage only reinforces that notion.