Ex-ABC News Chief Partly Blames Media for Brian Williams Controversy

Former ABC News president David Westin today expressed his sympathies for Brian Williams amid the controversy he got himself in, but also said the media industry is partly to blame for this fiasco.

Speaking on HuffPost Live today, Westin had nothing but kind words to say about Williams. He said he had a “sick feeling in the pit of my stomach” about Williams getting caught making so many misstatements, but still sympathized with him.

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But Westin said that beyond just Williams and the “schadenfreude” everyone’s feeling at his expense, there’s a serious problem in the way the media operates that led to this in the first place:

“I think across the industry now, there is a tendency to try to build up our reporters into an important part of the story themselves. Instead of going out in dangerous circumstances and tell us what’s happening, they too often put themselves in the middle of the story, and I think that is a bad thing.”

Watch the clip below, via HuffPost Live:

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