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Television / Williams Suspension / A Discussion #1078939

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The suspension of news anchor Brian Williams for misrepresenting events in news stories introduced. [NBC anchor Lester HOLT - addresses the viewers.]

(New York: Randi Kaye) Fact-checking Williams presented; details given about his 2005 reporting on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. [With Tom Brokaw, WILLIAMS - recounts watching a suicide, a floating body, gangs in he hotel.] [Witness Myra DEGERSDORF@, geographer Ezra BOYD@, Lt. Gen. Russel HONORE@- comment on whether a body could float in the water in the street.] [LSU professor Judith SYLVESTER@- recounts what Williams told about living in the hotel.] The issue of whether Williams was confused or exaggerated accounts noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with historian Douglas Brinkley & "The Tyndall Report" founder Andrew Tyndall about Williams' accounts. [BRINKLEY - says Williams broke a New Orleans story but embellished accounts of bodies in the city; defends his overall reporting; comments on the issue of "gangs"; suggests Williams could come back in the summer.] [TYNDALL - doubts Williams can ever return as anchor after the suspension; outlines the problem for NBC News.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

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