What NBC must do to avoid firing Brian Williams

February 10, 2015 12:15 AM

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What NBC must do to avoid firing Brian Williams

It wasn't exactly surprising when Brian Williams announced Saturday that he was vacating the anchor desk at "NBC Nightly News" for the next several days. The scandal now known as Choppergate shows no signs of abating, making his presence a problem at a network that had just announced its intent to conduct an internal investigation.

But what was interesting about Williams' own declaration was that his timeout was positioned as being of his own volition. "I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast" are his exact words, the subtext of which sends a not-so-subtle message about NBC: The news division doesn't want to be...

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