NBC suspends Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay

NBC has suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay. The punishment comes as NBC News continues to investigate Williams’ false retelling of events that occurred during the Iraq War, a blunder that embroiled America’s top evening news man (and by association NBC’s entire news division) in controversy. Williams, who succeeded Tom Brokaw on Nightly News, had long been seen as one of the network’s most reliable and trusted figures.

But in a January 30th Nightly News report, Williams “misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” NBC now admits. He told NBC’s millions of viewers that a helicopter he was riding in had been forced down by enemy fire; Williams has recited the…

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