NBC News Hangs Brian Williams Out to Dry

A six month suspension is the wrong route to take

If the announcement that Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show wasn’t big enough, NBC News has finally weighed in on “Lyin'” Brian Williams. In a memo, NBC News president Deborah Turness stated that his punishment is a six month suspension without pay.

“Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” wrote Turness. “It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.”

NBC News had to take some sort of action, but we’re surprised by this route. If the offense is considered bad enough for a six month suspension, isn’t it bad enough to be fired?

This suspension is NBC News hanging Williams out to dry. He’s in limbo for half a year, and then what? He comes back and all is well? Or what? It doesn’t make much sense to do this. NBC should have either fired him or suspended him for a couple weeks. Let the man move on. Instead, Williams is stuck waiting another six months to apologize and explain himself. Again.