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Jason Akst: NBC News must fire Brian Williams

February 17, 2015
Brian Williams

Brian Williams

A six-month, no-salary suspension for NBC News anchor Brian Williams isn’t enough, says NIU journalism instructor Jason Akst.

Williams, Akst says, should lose his job over his recent admission that he “misremembered” being in a helicopter under fire in Iraq.

“These inaccuracies (which beg the question of how many more haven’t come to light) are tragic for the damage they do to journalism,” Akst writes. “They’re tragic for Williams too; he doesn’t need the street cred. Regardless, his punishment doesn’t fit his ‘crime.’ ”

Read what else Akst thinks in the NIU Newsroom.