NBC News anchor Brian Williams has removed himself from daily broadcasts for the next several days, according to a “personal note’’ published on NBCNews.com. Williams, the Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, saw his credibility questioned this week after it was discovered he repeatedly told a false story about flying in a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq in 2003.
Here is Williams’ statement:
In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.
Williams’ reporting on Hurricane Katrina also came under question this week. Williams claimed to see bodies floating in water outside of his hotel in the French Quarter, but that area of New Orleans was never underwater during the hurricane.
NBC launched an internal investigation into Williams’ reporting this weekend, according to the Associated Press.