More light has been shed on the inside operations of NBC News after a Vanity Fair article interviewed past and present NBC executives, in the wake of the on-air lie news anchor Brian Williams told that got him suspended.
One of the many facets of this story is Williams' rise to power at NBC News, following the death of Tim Russert. The longtime anchor reportedly wasn't fond of Williams' lack of interest in politics and world events.
After Russert's death in 2008, Williams ran wild driving away investigative correspondents Michael Isikoff and Lisa Myers due to his lack of interest in their work, according to sources. An insider had this to say:
"There is NBC News before Tim died and after Tim died. Tim was our soul, our conscience…When Tim died, and Brian pushed out John Reiss, there was no one who could influence Brian in a significant way, who could say, ‘G*ddammit, Brian, you have to do this.' "
Another piece of the puzzle was that reportedly NBC News Chief Deborah Turness didn't "have a f*cking clue" on how to run the beast that is NBC News. The News President had been reportedly "letting the inmates run the asylum," perhaps being too lenient on Williams and proving herself a non-threat to the anchor.