Brian Williams Returns With Pope's Arrival In The US

Posted: Sep 23 2015, 8:47pm CDT | by , in News | Latest TV News

Brian Williams Returns with Pope's Arrival in the US
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  • Brian Williams makes a smooth comeback as the Pope arrives in the US

Brian Williams returned to MSNBC to report the arrival of the Pope to the US while he strayed to completely irrelevant points which were not fabricated atleast.

Brian Williams was suspended from his anchor post of the NBC’s “Nightly News” in February. The reason being that he completely fabricated some facts about a report on a helicopter incident in Iraq.

A subsequent internal NBC investigation found that Mr. Williams had made a number of inaccurate statements about the helicopter attack and other reporting experiences, although most were during public appearances, not news broadcasts. So before more people started to notice, he was demoted.

It was a mild surprise of sorts when MSNBC signed him on to appear at the 3 P.M. coverage of the Pope’s arrival. Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, decided Williams could resume his career at MSNBC. It is already a ratings-challenged cable network that was in the midst of overhauling its daytime coverage.

So after six to seven months in counting, Brian Williams was sitting in a very busy looking MSNBC studio dressed in blue. Navy blue jacket, light blue shirt and a blue striped tie. The host started the show off in his signatory baritone voice then went directly into two hours of coverage following the Pope’s arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

The Pope was welcomed by President Obama and his family. Williams kept calling attention to the throngs of people that were present to receive the Pope. He called on a team of NBC News personalities and experts — including Kate Snow, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell — to discuss mundane details, such as the Pope’s age, health and love of ice cream, as well as the broader political, security and social implications of the visit.

Williams also checked in with NBC correspondents, who reported on the massive security preparations underway for the Pope's visit, with Stephanie Gosk reporting from Manhattan, N.Y., highlighting how street closures and other measures planned to coincide with the New York leg of Pope Francis' trip could inconvenience New Yorkers also dealing with additional traffic caused by the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The live broadcast was not flawless. There were technical problems in communication with correspondents. At one point, Mr. Williams stumbled over a word. He also mistakenly credited a comment about how the Pope’s visit would cool the tenor of the presidential campaign to Mr. Todd, who quickly corrected him.

However it was free of ‘fabricated facts’. Lack’s policy of keeping true to the news and avoiding opinion worked. It kept Williams from making some far-fetched facts about the Pope that could lead to a political issue.

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