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Report: Brian Williams Suppressed Negative Stories on Obama

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 01:19 PM

Suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams tried to suppress two negative stories about the Obama administration, according to an article in New York Magazine.

According to the article's author, Gabriel Sherman, multiple sources confirmed that Williams battled with former NBC investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Lisa Myers over stories.

Specifically, in February 2013, Williams would not take up a suggested story by Isikoff about a confidential Justice Department memo that justified killing American citizens with drones.

In a separate incident in October, Myers couldn't get Williams to air a segment about how the White House knew as far back as 2010 that some people would lose their insurance policies under Obamacare.

"He didn't want to put stories on the air that would be divisive," a senior NBC journalist said, according to Sherman.

Sherman also said that the source told him that Myers wrote a series of memos to a member of NBC's management documenting how Williams suppressed her stories.

In February, Williams was suspended for six months by the network after revelations that he repeatedly lied about being in a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003. Reports of a number of other incidents are also in question.

Myers and Isikoff have both left the network, Sherman said in his article.
 
According to NewsBusters, Williams has a track record for being soft on the Democratic Party and on President Barack Obama in particular.

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