Originally published May 10 2015
Does Brian Williams have dirt on all the other liars and frauds in mainstream media?
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Is disgraced NBC News anchor Brian Williams about to drop a dime on others in his industry who might have "fabricated" stories or otherwise embellished during the recounting of their news coverage?
It seems possible in light of a threat issued by the 55-year-old anchor to make his departure from the network "really ugly," say reports.
Britain's Daily Mail noted that Williams is refusing to go down "without a fight" as he angles for a return to his nightly news reader desk, a source close to the network told the paper. The threats come on the heels of an internal inquiry report that found that Williams had lied repeatedly - at least 11 times - to make himself appear to be something he is not or was not.
Williams was suspended from his anchor chair with no pay for six months in February after it was revealed that he provided false details regarding his presence aboard a U.S. military helicopter during the earliest days of the Iraq invasion. Williams said his chopper was hit by RPG fire over Iraq, which was patently untrue.
Does Williams have the goods on other network liars?A source who is allegedly close to NBC News told the New York Post's "Page Six" that he "is saying he's not going down without a fight and [is] threatening to make it really ugly - worse than Ann Curry."
Curry departed the network's Today show in 2013 amid an outpouring of negative publicity. As the Post noted, Curry made a teary-eyed, emotional on-air good-by as her co-host, Matt Lauer, looked on sheepishly.
The Post further noted that both Curry and Williams are represented by "pit bull lawyer" Williams & Connolly's Bob Barnett.
"They want Brian to resign," said one source. "If they have to fire him, they can't control him."
The rising tension between Williams and parent company NBCUniversal has become more evident lately. On April 24, NBC released its internal probe, which found the additional instances of Williams' embellishment.
Three days later, the Post said, a report that was positive towards Williams just happened to surface stating that NBC News chief Andy Lack was looking for a way to save the disgraced anchor's job. However, days later, anti-Williams factions indicated to The Hollywood Reporter that Lack is not sure he can keep Williams or that the anchor will ever return.
In Williams' absence, Lester Holt has been anchoring NBC Nightly News.
The Post further reported that there is no question there is increasing urgency within NBCUniversal management ranks to get past the Williams episode, in large part because the nightly newscast's ratings are tanking.
"No one is speaking out in his defense."ABC World News Tonight, which is hosted by David Muir, announced recently that it led NBC Nightly News in total viewers during the previous four weeks, which was the first time that had happened in years.
In addition, ABC also won the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic for three straight weeks; that is the primary demographic sought by advertisers. NBC is ahead for the season so far, but clearly its market share is falling, and that is likely tied to the Williams disaster.
The Post further noted: "As talks between Williams and Comcast's NBCUniversal unit heat up, Williams is believed to be trying to ensure that he is entitled to a payout under the five-year, $10 million-per-year deal he signed last year."
"They are not going to give him an opportunity to do an Ann Curry," said a source familiar with news management.
In addition, former Meet the Press anchor David Gregory has been kept off the air to prevent him from making any on-air remarks regarding Williams' departure.
"NBC seems intent on damaging him," said a friend of Williams. "No one is speaking out in his defense."
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