Brian Williams and other sagas
Brian Williams has announced he will be removing himself from the NBC Nightly News broadcasts "for the next several days" (8,800+ shares). The reaction from freelance journalist Gregg Carlstrom: "Of all the Iraq war-related lies to hold a journalist accountable for, we definitely picked the dumbest one." NYT's David Carr weighs in on Brian Williams' dueling dual personas and why he shouldn't have to step down (3,000+ shares). "I like this take from @carr2n, who knows a thing or two about memory distorting facts," tweets Chris Canipe with the Wall Street Journal. Times colleague Kim Severson praises "When it comes to the Brian Williams thing, I just turn to @carr2n and then move on with my day." But KPCC's Ben Bergman is not convinced: "If Brian Williams' transgressions aren't part of his job responsibilities, what exactly is his job, @carr2n?"
Also, as journalist Jay Rosen notes, "Brian Williams cancels his scheduled appearance on Letterman Thursday ... which was never going to work, anyway."
In the meantime, the Columbia Journalism Review peers inside the newspaper that broke the Brian Williams news, which also boasts "the most dangerous paper routes in the world" (800+ shares). "Very proud of my paper and the work it does, and blessed to work with great people," declares Audrea Huff with the Stars and Stripes.
In politics, the Working Families Party is calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president (2,600 shares) while Jeb Bush grabs a narrow lead in a New Hampshire poll (1,000+ shares). In Australia, Tony Abbott barely survived a leadership vote. In real estate, a well-connected young Malaysian financier named Jho Low has an appetite for New York as the stream of foreign wealth flows there. In finance, we learn banking giant HSBC sheltered murky cash linked to dictators and arms dealers (6,800+ shares).