Now that Brian Williams has been sent to the Phantom Zone that is MSNBC, the mother network can now work on healing the wounds he left behind and repairing that relationship with the nation that still watches the evening news. Lester Holt now gets his chance to step into the anchor chair full time and regain America’s trust.
Holt was named Williams permanent replacement on Thursday following the latter’s apology. Williams also sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer on Today Friday morning to explain himself and discuss his suspension, calling his suspension “torture” and claiming that he “was not trying to mislead people.” If you watch the promo for Lester Holt’s nightly news, you see a clear focus on the “in the field” work Holt has provided over the years. Reliance, trust, etc. It’s all there.
I’m not sure how I feel about the entire thing because MSNBC is still supposed to be a “trusted” news source for folks. It’s going to be hard to believe anything that Williams says, but maybe he’s going to be more entertainment focused–that funnier, sharper guy he mentions in his Today interview.