The Zehnder Weekly: Brian Williams Suspension Not Sufficient

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, has received a six month suspension without pay as a result of recently being called out on a false story that he has told multiple times over the years at NBC.

NBC put out a press release:

“‘We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately,’NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a memo. Williams has been the subject of controversy in recent days after he was forced to recant a 2003 Iraq war story in which he claimed a helicopter he was flying on was struck by RPG fire.‘This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position…In addition, we have concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field,’ it continued. “’As managing editor and anchor of ‘Nightly News,’ Brian has a responsibility to be truthful and to uphold the high standards of the news division at all times.

While the suspension is better than nothing, this is not sufficient punishment.

I recently wrote an article for PolitiChicks explaining why I believe Brian Williams is a disgrace to journalism. William’s actions have not only tarnished his own credibility but the credibility of NBC. Williams is no longer trustworthy as a journalist, and I would go so far as to say, as a person.

Who can trust someone who lies? Williams should be fired from NBC. I feel that his actions have tarnished his reputation to such a degree that he should not be able to find another job in the journalistic field.

I know this sounds a bit harsh, and I hate to ruin anyone’s life/career, but I feel strongly about this. As someone aspiring to enter the journalistic field I do not want my name or career tarnished by the actions of a phony who is allowed to stay in the field, after his actions clearly warrant termination.  In addition it makes it very discouraging for those journalists who do work hard to uncover and report the truth, when there are fake journalists out there like Williams who just make stuff up without suffering any consequences to their career.

I am not the only one who has called for the firing of Williams. Author Brad Thor also called for him to be fired in a twitter rampage.  In addition, shortly after the story broke, the hashtag #FireWilliams began trending on Twitter.

The bottom line is that actions have consequences, and sad as it is, if William’s career is destroyed by this incident, that is the consequence of his actions. William’s actions are a disgrace to journalism and he must suffer the consequences of his decisions.