So Brian Williams has put himself on "hiatus" until some indeterminate point in the future. So sorta like Schrodinger's Vacation:
Brian Williams — the NBC Nightly News anchor who apologized earlier this week for misremembering that a military helicopter he was in during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had been fired upon — says he has temporarily taken himself off the air over the controversy.When will he return?
In a statement released today, Williams said that "it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.
"I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days," Williams wrote, adding that colleague Lester Holt would be taking over his nightly anchoring duties during his absence...
I really don't care, but this does provide a useful, teachable moment to remind everyone how the various networks handle these little bumps in the road.
Generally, doing something untoward within the mainstream the media will get you 30 days in stir -- a 'Full Halperin' - whether the offense is calling the President a "dick" on the air, or cooking up an entire, fake Benghaaaazi story, or you're just a free-floating bullshit generator with some terrible, secret hold over the Beltway club.
On MSNBC you can be fired for, well, anything, up to an including yelling at a paparazzi who is stalking your baby. Unless you are named Joe Scarborough, in which case you can pretty much drop trou and take a dump on the truth and expect nothing but a memo from Phil Griffin asking you pretty please not to do that. Which you will then use as toilet paper the next time you drop trou and take a dump on the truth.
So circle of life and all.
Finally, on Fox, the reward and penalty system is somewhat different. Consistent liars can be expected to be feted like visiting princes. Pathological liars can be expected to get their own shows.
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