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Tom Brokaw on Brian Williams: Let the Process Play Out

By    |   Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:13 PM

Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw calls the controversy of shamed successor Brian Williams' exaggerated reports a "really, really serious case."

But Brokaw — who, according to Vanity Fair, was "livid" about Williams' fibs and "didn't try to save him" when he was suspended for six months — also calls for patience.

"There's a process under way," Brokaw said at an event at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, CNN reports.

"The important thing is that the process is very carefully constructed, and we owe it to everybody — including Brian and his family and certainly the people who work at NBC News who risk their lives every day, and to the integrity of what NBC News has stood for all these years — to let the process play out, to hear what the final conclusions are, and then deal with it at that point."

Brokaw also lashed out at the portrayal in last week's Vanity Fair of a frosty relationship between him and Williams.

"There's been way too much speculation about it," Brokaw said at the Chicago event, the New York Daily News reports.

"I want to say two things. One is that Brian and I had a cordial relationship.

"You know, it was tricky because he succeeded me, and I had my own strong feelings about how things should be done, but I never interfered with it. I would make suggestions from time to time."

Brokaw's remarks can be seen and heard on YouTube:

In February, Brokaw denied a New York Post report that he wanted Williams fired.

In the Vanity Fair behind-the-scenes profile, one unnamed executive is quoted as saying Williams' exaggerations stemmed from his insecurity about following in Brokaw's revered steps.

"I always felt [Williams] needed to jack up his stories because he was trying too hard to overcome his insecurities," the source told the magazine. "He had to follow Tom, which brought its own set of insecurities. He likes to sort of tell these grandiose tales."

According to a Brokaw friend, a "bitter" Williams said after his suspension: "Chalk one up for Brokaw," Vanity Fair reports.

But Brokaw complained that the Vanity Fair article was "completely unsourced."

Writer Bryan Burrough "never talked to me," he said, CNN reports. "The reporter never ever picked up the phone and asked me whether I said something, how I felt about something. It was outrageous."

Burrough told CNN, however, that he asked for comment from the NBC publicity department and was told Brokaw "would not be available for an interview."

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