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Fox’s Kurtz Defends Williams’ Journalism Chops from ‘Celebrity’ Charge

MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz came to the brief defense of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams after Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik questioned not only Williams’ telling of an admittedly false story of being attacked in a chopper in Baghdad, but also his general journalism chops since taking over the anchor chair.

“Here’s where I think the sin of this is,” Zurawik said. “He never took the journalism part of his job, once he became anchor and managing editor, as seriously as he took the celebrity portion.”

“What do you base that on?” Kurtz said.

“When they gave him a primetime network magazine show, he showcased Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent at $600,000 a segment*,” Zurawik said. “That’s what I mean by it.”

* That’s insane. It was $600,000/year.

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