“Williams has been suspended for six months without pay. His Connecticut home is not Elba, but it may as well be. There is no reason to believe that his plummeting trust ratings will rise. NBC’s evening newscast will likely fall out of first place, instigating a frantic search for a replacement.
“As Williams ‘exaggerated’ what happened to his helicopter, so it could be said that NBC is exaggerating its expectation that he will return.”
—Ken Auletta, media writer, “Brian Williams’ Crash and Tom Brokaw’s Role,” The New Yorker, Feb. 11, 2015
• Editorial Comment: Plenty of time to check the want ads. But don’t even think about Jon’s slot.
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