In the wake of the ongoing saga surrounding NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ repeated lies about his reporting in Iraq in 2003, polling by Rasmussen Reports found that Williams hurts NBC’s credibility and thus should resign from NBC News.
Based on their results, 40% of American adults, think Williams should resign from his role as Nightly News anchor following his admission that he lied about being aboard a helicopter during the Iraq invasion that was forced down by enemy fire. The same poll found that 35% of Americans think Williams should remain with NBC whereas 25% are unsure about what his future with the network should be.
Furthermore, 40% of Americans also say that “they are less likely to believe the reporting on NBC News because Williams didn’t tell the truth” regarding his visit to Iraq.
While the NBC anchor still remains a popular figure, with 43% of Americans having a favorable opinion of him, the recent questions surrounding his professional integrity have significantly damaged the credibility NBC News and will likely persist unless he resigns as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News.