Should Brian Williams be given a second chance at anchor?
I mean, you came from that world and that universe, like, what do you think the implications are?
Well, theres no 'should' about it, right? I mean, at the end of the day, whether Brian Williams gets to work as a traditional news anchor again I think really is up to Brian Williams. If Brian Williams is able to come out clean and own up to his own issue with distortions and lying, historically, which, by the way, almost every person I've ever met has a personal issue with some level of distortion and lying on some aspect of their experiences.
Oh, they're called men!
..And women! And so at the end of the day, while it is sort of-- while Brian is uniquely visible and uniquely accountable by virtue of having been the custodian of such a big audience, and the custodian of a job that is so predicated on the accrual of trust, his ability to own the distortions and lies I think is the primary barrier to him engaging once again. He's one of the most talented and interesting people that I've certainly have ever had the pleasure of working with. Again, it seems unlikely to me that NBC will the place that he'll come back in an anchor chair, but that's not to say that he won't be able to come back in a meaningful way in American life-- perhaps bigger than ever.
Here's something that's interesting about it. I mean, the whole thing with Lester Holt shows it kind of doesn't matter who's in the anchor chair. As long as they don't have a vagina, ratings are pretty much going to stay the same..
..even Diane Sawyer proved that vaginas can do it too!
I know, but her-- David Muir is my boy. Like, I'm probably the only millennial who watches the evening, like I go home I watch ABC at 5:30
, that's my jam. But I think there is an avenue for him. Maybe on the documentary side or doing his own sort of correspondence or pet projects but..
..yeah the ball is in his court. Honestly, I mean, he is one of the most talented broadcasters in America today, he still has that talent; the ball is in his court.
Well, the ball is in your court, America! Some good episodes this time!
That's the Long & Short Of It. I'm Dylan Ratigan, she's Vonetta Logan! #dylanratigan #brianwilliams