I'm someone who doesn't think, based on what we know today, Brian Williams did much of anything wrong. But no matter what you might think, this must-read article in NY Magazine, is likely to reinforce your opinion. It's interesting to see, though, that Williams is reported as feeling like an outsider at NBC News because he was a working class kid from New Jersey who never graduated college and felt looked down on by Brokaw and other NBC veterans as he rose through the ranks. Every job has its petty jealousies and insecurities, I suppose.
Now, at 55, staring down another five years in the anchor chair, Williams began to tell friends he was thinking of making his side gig his main act. He relished the freedom of improv and expressed frustration at the conventions of network news. "Brian chafed at reading the prompter," a senior NBC executive said. He also felt embraced by the entertainment community in a way he never was by NBC's old guard, especially Russert and Tom Brokaw, his predecessor. Brokaw's coldness seemed to heighten Williams's sensitivities about being a blue-collar guy from New Jersey who had never finished college or been a war correspondent. Last summer, around the time Chuck Todd took over as moderator of Meet the Press, several staffers recalled that Williams told him: "At least your ghost is dead. Mine is still walking the building."