News veteran Tom Brokaw weighs in on Brian Williams scandal

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News Veteran Tom Brokaw Weighs In On Brian Williams Scandal

Before shamed news anchor Brian Williams took over the desk at "Nightly News', there was, of course, Tom Brokaw.
This week, Brokaw weighed in on the scandal surrounding Williams, who's roughly at the halfway mark of his suspension from NBC News stemming from falsely reporting his own involvement in a helicopter crash overseas.

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(L-R) Journalist Tom Brokaw, Bob Wright and Brian Williams attend Library of Science, Industry & Business 1st 100 Days Gala on October 21, 1996 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tom Brokaw, left, anchorman of NBC's "Nightly News" listens as NBC's Brian Williams makes a point during a news conference Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in New York. Williams will succeed Tom Brokaw as anchorman of NBC's "Nightly News" in 2004, as NBC becomes the first of the three networks to announce a succession plan for their chief anchors. (AP Photo/ Diane Bondareff)
Stephen Trupp/STAR MAX/IPx 12/15/02 Brian Williams at the premiere of "The Hours". (NYC)
Raoul Gatchalian/STAR MAX/IPx 5/8/08 Brian Williams and wife at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. (NYC)
Westcom/STAR MAX/IPx 9/10/10 Brian Williams and Katie Couric at "Stand Up to Cancer". (Culver City, CA)
Actress Allison Williams, center, poses with her parents NBC News anchor Brian Williams and Jane Williams at HBO's "Girls" fourth season premiere party at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Peter Kramer/STAR MAX/IPx 5/5/02 Brian Williams at the 75th Anniversary of NBC. (NYC)
Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, left, and Brian Williams arrive at the world premiere of "Neighbors" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Los Angeles . (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
Brian Williams, from left, Allison Williams, Jane Stoddard Williams and Douglas Williams attend the after party following the premiere of HBO's "Girls" third season on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
News anchor Brian Williams, left, and his son Douglas Williams, right, attend the New York premiere of "Lone Survivor" on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Musician Bruce Springsteen plays a guitar intended for auction alongside television journalist Brian Williams, left, at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP)
NBC News anchor Brian Williams and wife Jane attend the TIME 100 gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo shows Actress Allison Williams poses with her father, NBC News' Brian Williams, at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York. Allison Williams will star in the lead role of "Peter Pan." NBC is airing a new version of the musical live on Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, FIle)
Jon Hamm, left, sneaks behind Brian Williams and his wife Jane Stoddard Williams as they pose on the red carpet before a screening of "Friends with Kids" hosted by the Cinema Society in New York, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
From left, Allison Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Jane Stoddard Williams attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2011 Museum Gala, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Brian Williams and Robert De Niro arrive for their discussion at the 'Tribeca Talks: Directors Series' during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Saturday, April 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
From left, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, 'Saturday Night Live' head writer Seth Meyers and President and CEO of NBC Universal, Jeffrey Zucker, attend the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, April 19, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Brian Williams and wife attend Tribeca Talks Directors Series at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2011 in New York City
Brian Williams with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson at Stand Up To Cancer. Kodak Theater, Hollywood, CA. 09-05-08
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Brian and Jane Williams attend American Museum of Natural History Gala on November 18, 2010 in New York, City.
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: News Anchor Brian Williams and wife Jane attend the Vanity Fair Party during the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at State Supreme Courthouse on April 22, 2009 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
Actress Allison Williams, center, poses with her parents NBC News anchor Brian Williams and Jane Williams at HBO's "Girls" fourth season premiere party at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo shows Actress Allison Williams poses with her father, NBC News' Brian Williams, at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York. Allison Williams will star in the lead role of "Peter Pan." NBC is airing a new version of the musical live on Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, FIle)
NEW YORK - MARCH 16: Anchor Brian Williams (C), Jane Stoddard Williams (R) and Allison Williams (L) attend the premiere of 'Duplicity' at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Allison Williams, Brian Williams and wife Jane Stoddard Williams attend the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Brian Williams and Allison Williams attend the Breast Cancer Foundation's Hot Pink Party at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actress Allison Williams, Brian Williams and wife Jane Stoddard Williams attending the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on November 10, 2011.
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At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics event, Brokaw sat down with Politico's Roger Simon and said that while his relationship with Williams is cordial (and 'tricky'), the scandal is a serious matter.

"There's a process underway and the important thing is that the process is very carefully constructed," Brokaw told the crowd. "And we owe it to everybody, including Brian and his family and certainly the people who work at NBC News who risk their lives everyday, and to the integrity of what NBC News has stood for all these years, to let the process play out -- to hear what the final conclusions are and then deal with it at that point."

The veteran news anchor went on to say that media coverage has blown the story out of proportion. A recent piece in Vanity Fair aimed to delve deep into the machine of NBC News, but Brokaw called the piece "misleading."

"The reporter never ever picked up the phone and asked me whether I said something, how I felt about something. It was outrageous," he said.

In February, the brass at NBC suspended Williams for six months without pay following allegations made by military vets who contradicted the anchor's claims that he was in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq. Williams subsequently recanted his version of the story in Stars and Stripes and later apologized on air.

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