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)
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Brian and Jane Williams attend American Museum of Natural History Gala on November 18, 2010 in New York, City.
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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)
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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