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Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching...

Brian Williams Recants Iraq Chopper Story

Says he wasn't actually in helicopter that was fired on in 2003

(Newser) - It's a headline-generating mea culpa. Brian Williams today admitted that he was not aboard a helicopter that took fire and was forced down on a March 24, 2003, mission during the invasion of Iraq. The claim has been repeated by the NBC News anchor and the network over the...

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Given a Fake Name
 I Was a Spy, 
 Had a Fake Name 

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Had a Fake Name

NSA leaker's sit-down with Brian Williams was months in the making

(Newser) - Edward Snowden wants the world to know he was more than the "low-level systems administrator" US authorities have described him as—he was a trained spy and technical expert. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, the National Security Agency leaker says he was a spy "in...

Latest Brian Williams &#39;Rap&#39;: Snoop&#39;s &#39;Gin and Juice&#39;
Latest Brian Williams 'Rap': Snoop's 'Gin and Juice'
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Latest Brian Williams 'Rap': Snoop's 'Gin and Juice'

'Tonight Show' viral video is pretty perfect

(Newser) - If you liked Brian Williams' "performance" of "Rapper's Delight," you'll love this version of him doing Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice." The going-viral video appeared on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show last night, and the NBC Nightly News anchor's rendition got...

Brian Williams 'Rapped' Amazing 'Rapper's Delight'

Jimmy Fallon makes viral video for 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - In a pretty fantastic video that aired last night on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon's team pieced together dozens of news clips that resulted in a "performance" of "Rapper's Delight" by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Weekend anchor Lester Holt and Today co-host Kathie Lee...

Was Diane Sawyer Totally Drunk Last Night?

Plus: Brian Williams slams Donald Trump

(Newser) - If you were watching ABC's election coverage last night, there was probably just one question on your mind: Is Diane Sawyer really drunk, or just tired? Gawker has an amusing video montage that seems to support what many assumed: She was smashed. The video pieces together clips of Sawyer...

Cusack Making Film About Rush Limbaugh

And the liberal actor is playing Rush himself

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh is getting the Hollywood treatment, courtesy of John Cusack. The (liberal) actor's production company plans to start work next year on a movie about Limbaugh, with Cusack playing the leading role himself, reports AP . Except for the fact that Betty Thomas is directing, no other details are...

Obama on bin Laden: No High-Fives, but &#39;Satisfaction&#39;
Obama on bin Laden Death:
I Didn't Do a High-Five

Obama on bin Laden Death: I Didn't Do a High-Five

Obama gives detailed interview about the terrorist leader's demise

(Newser) - It's the first anniversary of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and MSNBC today released a series of interviews Brian Williams conducted with President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other top-ranking officials detailing their preparation for and reaction to the raid. "Ultimately, it was a 50/50 proposition...

Chelsea Clinton Debuts on NBC's 'Rock Center With Brian Williams', and It's Nothing Special, Say Critics

 Chelsea's NBC 
 Debut Nothing 
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Chelsea's NBC Debut Nothing Special

But don't rule out future success: critics

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton made her debut appearance on NBC last night, presenting a story about an Arkansas woman's challenges in running an after-school program for underprivileged kids. Critics weren't particularly impressed, but suggest she may have a future:
  • "Either we’re spoiled by TV’s unlimited population of

Playboy Club Canceled, Brian Williams Show to Air in Its Place on NBC
 Lights Out for Playboy Club  
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Lights Out for Playboy Club

Mr. LeAnn Rimes is out of a job ... and the oh-so-sexy Brian Williams swoops in

(Newser) - Who do you find sexier: Playboy bunnies or Brian Williams? If you went with the former you're out of luck, because NBC's 10pm EDT Monday time slot is about to be filled by the latter. The Playboy Club has officially become the first cancellation of the fall season....

Obama: I Can’t Plaster Birth Certificate to My Forehead

Says, plainly, 'the facts are the facts'

(Newser) - Barack Obama sat down for an extensive interview with Brian Williams last night, but much of the hot-button stuff comes in a two-minute segment about, you guessed it, religion and country o' birth. When asked about the "significant numbers" of Americans who believe he is a Muslim, the president...

Jon Stewart Takes Spin on Chatroulette, Bumps into Katie

....and Brian Wiliams, and Keith Olbermann. Stilll, he's not a convert

(Newser) - The Daily Show's Jon Stewart tried Chatroulette last night and, viola, there were Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and a characteristically preachy Keith Olbermann, all doing hilarious bits. Not to speak of Jason Jones in a state of undress doing something we can't repeat here. Stewart claims to find...

Diane Sawyer Does 'Fine' in Debut

 Diane Sawyer 
 Does 'Fine' 
 in Debut 
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Diane Sawyer Does 'Fine' in Debut

New ABC anchor is no Katie Couric, and maybe that's good

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer slid easily into the "ABC World News" anchor chair tonight, and really, were you expecting anything different? The second woman at the solo helm of an evening newscast "made a strong, if a bit over-animated, debut," writes Robert Bianco. She interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, offered a...

10 Who Died Too Young
 10 Who Died Too Young 

10 Who Died Too Young

From Aaliyah to Tillman to Russert, they had more to offer

(Newser) - In looking back at the '00s, the sad tales of luminaries who died too young stand out. Newsweek asked friends and admirers for their reflections:
  • Randy Pausch, d. 2008: "Despite it all," JJ Abrams writes, the "Last Lecture" professor "was radiant, kind, and good-humored."
  • Tim

Poll: Stewart the New Cronkite
 Poll: Stewart the New Cronkite 

Poll: Stewart the New Cronkite

(Newser) - In an absurd world, maybe the only people we can trust are the comedians. A poll asked readers who the most trusted newscaster in America is, now that Walter Cronkite has passed on. The overwhelming response? Jon Stewart. The Daily Show maestro took 44% of the 9,409...

Obama 'Shilling' for NBC, Right Complains

(Newser) - Some are complaining that NBC used Brian Williams’ interview with President Obama to hawk its late night shows, Deadline Hollywood reports. The interview featured plugs for both Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show takeover and Fred Armisen’s impression of Obama on Saturday Night Live. “Obama owes NBC so...

'Bratty' McCain on the Twitter Warpath Again

Someone, please, delete her account

(Newser) - Meghan McCain is “too undisciplined and impulsive” to handle Twitter, writes the Cajun Boy on Gawker following yet another of McCain's 140-character tirades. The enemy this time? Brian Williams, who “had the audacity to lower his head ever so slightly in a blatant act of deference” at the...

Obama Misses His Old Life
 Obama Misses His Old Life 

Obama Misses His Old Life

Brian Williams gets backstage look at White House

(Newser) - President Obama misses the “rhythm” of the days before he entered the White House, the New York Post reports. Looking back, he told NBC of the old days: “It’s Saturday morning. I’m gonna run some errands, I'm gonna do some things that'll make my wife happy,...

It's Not Too Late, MSNBC: 'Stay Crazy'
It's Not Too
Late, MSNBC: 'Stay Crazy'

It's Not Too Late, MSNBC: 'Stay Crazy'

Blogger calls for Matthews, Olbermann to keep their jobs

(Newser) - David Gregory will be the face of MSNBC's election coverage, and the ouster of "loud shouty people" Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews isn't sitting well with at least one viewer. "It's a stupid, stupid idea, for many reasons," Alex Pareene writes on Gawker of NBC Universal's decision....

All 3 Network Anchors Will Travel Abroad With Obama

Access to Dem lures Gibson, Couric, Williams to Europe, Mideast

(Newser) - Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will all be part of Barack Obama’s foreign trip that begins later this week, Howard Kurtz reveals in the Washington Post—as the Dem’s campaign impressively “draws the anchors halfway around the world by offering access.” The ABC, CBS...

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