Yikes. Life at NBC News sounds like a nightmare. According to this article from Vanity Fair, Brian Williams, the now disgraced newsman, sounds like a nightmare. There are few things worse than a powerful insecure person, and it appears Williams was certainly that.
Is this life at a news institution approaching the edge of irrelevance? Is this what the decline of a once great empire looks like?
Perhaps. We don’t have the answers yet. But the odds, even now, have got to be on NBC pulling up out of its current nosedive.
On the other hand there was a time when the American people by-and-large trusted NBC for information. For many this is just no longer the case.
Between Williams and the unrelenting pro-Obama propaganda from MSNBC over the last decade, a large part of America has written NBC News off.
The below article won’t help things.
(From Vanity Fair)
“What always bothered Tim was Brian’s lack of interest in things that mattered most, that were front and center, like politics and world events,” says a person who knew both men well. “Brian has very little interest in politics. It’s not in his blood. What Brian cares about is logistics, the weather, and planes and trains and helicopters.”
“You know what interested Brian about politics?” marvels one longtime NBC correspondent, recently departed. “Brian was obsessed with whether Mitt Romney wore the Mormon underwear.” (A supporter says that this characterization is unfair and that Williams reads deeply and broadly, especially about history and politics.)
Williams took the anchor chair in December 2004, after a career handling the news at local stations and MSNBC; though he had worked as NBC’s chief White House correspondent for two years, he was never a foreign or war correspondent. He was deeply insecure about this, some of his friends believe. These people suggest that his storied broadcasts from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which proved a boon to his ratings, were in part an effort to overcome the perception that he was a journalistic lightweight. In his first years on Nightly News, several colleagues say, Williams’s weaknesses were kept in check by other strong figures at the network, from Brokaw and Russert to Capus and a Nightly Newsexecutive producer named John Reiss. With the departures of each of these men, especially Russert, who died in 2008, Williams slowly consolidated his power.