NBC launches investigation of Brian Williams

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from USAToday,

NBC News confirmed Friday that it’s investigating chief anchor Brian Williams over his now-retracted statement that he was in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by enemy fire and forced to land.

“This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a staff memo circulated Friday. “Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team. And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.

“As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired. We’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you,” she said.

The internal probe is being led by Richard Esposito, who heads the network’s investigative unit and was formerly an editor at The Daily News of New York, according to The Daily News.The Daily News was the first news outlet to disclose the NBC investigation.

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