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By Matthew Balan | February 6, 2015 | 11:12 AM EST

Conan O'Brien poked fun of NBC's Brian Williams on the late Thursday/early Friday edition of his TBS program over his false Iraq War claim. O'Brien played a montage of the anchor's own footage from NBC Nightly News, but edited it to insert the journalist into news events from recent years – including having Williams fly the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane landing in 2009 and make the first ascent of the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.

By Tim Graham | February 6, 2015 | 8:31 AM EST

The New Orleans Advocate is finding the locals skeptical about Brian Williams catching dysentery from Katrina flood waters. “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” former city health director Dr. Brobson Lutz said. "I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”

By Tom Blumer | February 6, 2015 | 1:24 AM EST

If Brian Williams or any of the executives at NBC thought that the controversy over his "fake Iraq story" might start to die down, developments this evening have proven that they were sadly mistaken.

The quoted words in the previous sentence are from a headline at an Associated Press story by David Bauder, the wire service's TV writer. The fact that the nation's self-described "essential global news network" felt comfortable using those words to describe the 12 year-old saga of Williams's fabricated adventure in Iraq is actually among the least of his and his network's troubles tonight. Two major stories at the New York Post's Page Six appear to have made their continuing with the status quo very difficult to imagine.

By NB Staff | February 6, 2015 | 12:31 AM EST

Appearing on the Fox News Channel (FNC) program Hannity on Thursday night, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell called on NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to do “the honorable thing” and “resign” following the lie that he had told for years that his helicopter was hit by an RPG over Iraq in March 2003.

Bozell told host Sean Hannity that Williams’s claim about his false story being “a bungled attempt” to thank a veteran simply “just doesn’t pass the smell test” considering how: “If he bungled it, then he also bungled it on the Letterman show two years ago. How do you bungle it twice and how do you bungle being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade?”

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2015 | 10:51 PM EST

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Barack Obama took the step of comparing terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists to Christianity being the justification for the Crusades, slavery, and Jim Crow laws in America. The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all ignored the President’s critique of Christianity during the Thursday evening newscasts with only ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir even mentioning that the event. Obama’s comments were a focus in the roundtable on FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier

By Tom Johnson | February 5, 2015 | 9:24 PM EST

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones claims that Obama’s executive action was meant to “gain Latino support for Democrats and provoke an insane counterreaction from Republicans” and concludes that Obama “succeeded brilliantly on both counts.” Meanwhile, Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly notes that “the Republican Party was actually competitive among Latino voters a decade ago,” but adds, “Now that it’s obvious the party has chosen to…bow to the nativist impulses of the conservative ‘base,’ the question is how much worse can it get?”

By Ken Shepherd | February 5, 2015 | 8:26 PM EST

On his February 5, 2015 program on WMAL in Washington, D.C., conservative radio host Chris Plante suggested a new theme song for the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Check it out.

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2015 | 7:05 PM EST

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik appeared on Thursday’s CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and continued to hold little back in criticizing NBC's Brian Williams for having falsely claimed his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. While also speaking with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Zurawik minced no words in describing what Williams did as lying and something that is grounds for his dismissal from his positions at NBC after having insulted the “millions of military families in this country who suffer everyday diminished lives by the injuries and the wounds that people who fought honorably in those wars suffered.”

By Randy Hall | February 5, 2015 | 6:55 PM EST

What is the moral of the smash hit movie American Sniper? According to an editorial in Thursday's edition of the New York Times, our country's “gun-friendly culture” leads to “insane behavior” that not only threatens the lives of gun owners and their families, but also makes a case for stronger gun-control legislation.

“You know the movie, right?” sarcastically asked Gail Collins, who covers American politics and culture for the Times. “It has not only been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar; it could wind up selling more tickets than the other seven nominees combined.”

By Cheri Jacobus | February 5, 2015 | 4:43 PM EST

The NBC Brian Williams saga continues to intrigue.  Brian Steinberg at the Hollywood newspaper of record, Variety, is reporting that NBC executives counseled Brian Williams to stop telling the false sniper story, but he didn't listen, and kept telling the embellished story.
 
Reports Variety: "What makes Williams’ admission worse, according to one person familiar with the situation, is that he had been counseled in the past by senior NBC News executives to stop telling the story in public. The advice, this person said, was not heeded."

By Jack Coleman | February 5, 2015 | 4:38 PM EST

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been an all too frequent presence in entertainment and talk show media -- "slow jamming" the news with Jimmy Fallon, rubbing elbows with Jon Stewart, hosting Saturday Night Live, yukking it up with David Letterman more than a dozen times.

When he appeared on Alec Baldwin's WNYC radio show Here's the Thing in March 2013, Williams called these his "extracurricular activities." And in the wake of his acknowledged whopper of a claim that he was on a military helicopter shot down by enemy fire during the invasion of Iraq, I'm guessing that Williams will be a tad more reticent about schmoozing with his buddies in the media.

By Kyle Drennen | February 5, 2015 | 4:02 PM EST

As NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams became embroiled in a major controversy on Thursday over his false story of being shot at in Iraq, he joined a growing list of NBC journalists whose credibility has been shredded in recent months in the wake of various scandals.

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 5, 2015 | 3:21 PM EST

It appears as though NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has gained the support of at least one journalist following his admission that he lied about being in a helicopter that was hit with enemy fire while reporting from Iraq in 2003. Speaking to Politico’s Dylan Byers, disgraced former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather insisted that Brian Williams was “an honest and decent man,  an excellent reporter and anchor--and a brave one. I can attest that.”

By Kyle Drennen | February 5, 2015 | 2:42 PM EST

After promoting Obama advisor David Axelrod's nasty attack on Mitt Romney on Wednesday, Thursday's CBS This Morning noticed Romney aide Garrett Jackson denouncing the claim as a complete fabrication, with co-host Norah O'Donnell informing viewers: "Jackson told CBS News, 'I just hope this lie is the work of David Axelrod and not the President. It's ridiculous. I was very disappointed they would make that up.'"

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 5, 2015 | 2:22 PM EST

On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized on air for falsely claiming that while reporting from Iraq in 2003, the helicopter he was on was hit by enemy fire. Despite Williams’ attempt to walk back his past statements, numerous media critics have called out the NBC News anchor for failing to uphold the standards expected of a network news anchor. Howard Kurtz, Fox News media analyst and host of Media Buzz, condemned Williams during an appearance on the Fox News program America’s Newsroom, and argued that “it’s very hard to fathom how a anchor of Brian Williams's stature and experience could tell the false story. And it’s created a credibility crisis for NBC News.”