Frank Rich: NBC’s ‘Williams Problem’ Likely ‘Irreparable’

By Mark Joyella 

Frank Rich won’t be betting on Brian Williams returning to the anchor desk at “NBC Nightly News” when his suspension ends this summer. In a conversation with Huff Post Live, Rich says NBC created an environment that makes it difficult to transition Williams back into the job:

“They promoted [Williams] relentlessly as the guy who goes there, who’s this fighter for the news and goes to dangerous zones and it creates this image,” the New York Magazine columnist told host Josh Zepps. He likened the situation to “The Wizard Of Oz,” where “you pull away the curtain and it’s Professor Marvel — it’s not the Wizard of Oz.”

“That’s their problem,” Rich said, referring to NBC, “[and] that’s probably irreparable for Williams.”