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.
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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