After news broke that NBC was assembling a “truth squad” to investigate the claims regarding Brian Williams’s Iraq and Katrina stories, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent out the following memo to the staff addressing the scandal.
This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News.
Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team. And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.
As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired. We’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you.
Since joining NBC News, I’ve seen great strength and resilience. We are a close-knit family, and your response this week has made that even clearer.
As a relentless news agenda marches on, thank you again for continuing to do what we do best – bring the most important stories of the day to our audience.
As the Washington Post points out, the memo isn’t particularly warm toward Williams, nor does it express explicit support for him. Ah well, there’s always a guest spot on Girls waiting for him.