Did Brian Williams Forget to be Journalist by Doing so Many Entertainment Shows?

Norman Weiss

Did Brian Williams forget to be journalist by doing so many entertainment shows?
Williams has hosted Saturday Night Live, made multiple cameos on 30 Rock, lent his voice to Family Guy, roasted Don Rickles, and slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon. He's appeared on numerous late-night talks shows, from The Daily Show to Conan O'Brien to Jimmy Kimmel to Letterman. Other network anchors have also dabbled in the entertainment world. But as Jack Shafer notes, "the frequency of Williams' appearances on entertainment programs indicate he's forgotten what business he's in." And that desire to mix entertainment and news may be what finally bit Williams in this Iraq War helicopter fiasco, says Shafer. "The examples of Williams exaggeration or embellishment advanced by his critics capture Williams speaking at his most entertaining best," says Shafer, who wonders if Williams prioritized being entertaining over telling the true story. PLUS: Williams seemed to strive to be a "cool celebrity" who is the mainstay of NBC's brand, and why NBC won't fire its "$200M man."

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