Driving around yesterday I heard Chris Fabry Live’s show when he took on the Brian Williams issue. Williams said on air that he was in a helicopter that took fire when actually he wasn’t. All hell’s broken loose as we know and Williams was suspended for six months without pay.
Fabry asked callers what they thought should happen. Some thought he should be fired–period. Fabry kept mentioning that we’ve all embellished and misremembered. Again many pointed out that we just don’t misremember being shot at or targeted. True enough.
I don’t know Williams so I’m not sure whether he’s a good guy, an arrogant guy or what. I do believe in forgiveness, but don’t think everyone’s entitled to keeping a highly paid dream job. I doubt whatever happens to Williams he’ll become destitute. He’s probably got a book contract and will have six months to write a book.
Still I’m sure he’s chastened, humiliated and hurting.
If I ran NBC, I’d query the public on this. Let the people decide. I’d cross check William’s stories. And if this lapse was the only one, I’d put a poll on the NBC website and ask people to write in. If the audience thinks, they can rebuild trust with Williams. So be it. We’ll see him back on the air in mid-August. Television is driven by ratings anyway. If they let him back on the air, but his ratings fell, they’d yank him off. This idea makes it clear to the audience that NBC is listening.