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Michael*K

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Tom Brokaw will be retiring from NBC in 2004. Plans are for Brian Williams to take the reins after Brokaw's departure, which will follow the 2004 Presidential election. Hopefully, he'll find some time to do a little more writing. His books on World War II are outstanding.
 

Micah Cohen

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Isn't it a little strange that Brian Williams actually sort of looks like Tom Brokaw? Has anyone else noticed this? Brian Williams is like a clone of Tom Brokaw.

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Peter Kline

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Actually, he's just giving up the nightly news gig. He'll continue to work for NBC on Special Reports, etc.
 

Matt Gordon

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Brian Williams is a really good anchorman. MSNBC's coverage of the 2002 elections rocked, and he had a lot to do with that. It's good to see the main chair going to someone so competent. He's no Laurie Dhue (Fox News) though...
 

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Brian Williams is a true journalist, not just a news reader or news actor. He knows his stuff, and he is amazingly articulate (one of the few who know that the word "media" is a plural, and constructs sentences appropriately).

Long wait for him, though. He was threatening to bail out and go to CBS.
 

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I'm glad to see Brokaw go. He has '0' on-air personality. Boring, very boring and mono-tone.
Peace Out~:D
 

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I've never been comfortable with Browkaw's smugness, and those stupid smile-on-cue grins of his at the end of "light" segments on his nightly broadcast. Williams, on the other hand, cuts to the chase.
 

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Man and I thought I was the only one out there who felt this way about Mr Browkaw. I really never liked his broadcasting style and some of the side comments he makes are just terrible.

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I've never cared for any of the "big three" news anchors myself. IF I am curious about Corporate America's spin on the day's news I'll watch Jennings on the grounds that I find him the least annoying of the three. Give me Bob Edwards or Robert Siegel any day.
 

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I lost any respect for Brokaw after a report he did within Iraq a couple of months ago. He was interviewing clean cut Iraqi college grads (I'm curious about their education system. Let's see, Bioterrorisim 101, Dictatorism 101, Hate Crime 101, Black mail and Bribery 101...I could go on but I think you get the point). He actually smugly interviewed these 'kids' why they hate America. It was the most preposterous thing I had ever seen. NBC had clearly stooped to Al-jeezera levels. What was even more evident was that within almost every shot, in the background was a mural of Saddam Hussein. Now tell me how this is honost up-front reporting?!
 

Bhagi Katbamna

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The networks have evening news? Stopped watching their biased "have you stopped beating your wife yet?" type news a long time ago.
 

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MathewM said:
He was interviewing clean cut Iraqi college grads (I'm curious about their education system. Let's see, Bioterrorisim 101, Dictatorism 101, Hate Crime 101, Black mail and Bribery 101...I could go on but I think you get the point).
Easy there.
All,
I actually have always liked Brokaw, especially in comparison to Peter Jennings and Dan Rather. Brokaw isn't the most personable news anchor out there, but I think he is good. That said, I think Brian Williams is an excellent choice for Brokaw's replacement. Williams always stands in when Brokaw is on vacation or on assignment, and he is excellent.
As much as I like Brokaw, whenever I see him doing the news, I think back to Dana Carvey's skit on Saturday Night Live. Carvey did a great Brokaw. :laugh:
MSNBC has some excellent news anchors. In addition to Brian Williams, I like Lester Holt, Rick Sanchez, and Dan Abrams. Ashleigh Banfield is O.K. She just needs new glasses. :) I could do without Chris Matthews. He's a loudmouth, and he fumbles on his words too often. He asks tough questions (hence the name of show, Hardball), but he isn't polished. Then there's Imus. Blech.
 

Brian Kleinke

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Wow I didn't know people actually didn't like Tom Brokaw, I've also liked him much better then the other big 2, I've never minded Brian Williams. When I watched a ton of MSNBC last year I grew to like him more. Perhaps its because I grew up on NBC but I prefer their News Personalities to any other station.

Brian
 

SteveA

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I've always liked Brokow - especially compared to Peter Jennings and Dan Rather. He comes across as a very genuine fellow, in my opinion.

Still, I think all network news is aimed at the lowest common denominator of our society - the infamous Joe Sixpack himself. I prefer the depth and substance of cable news shows over network news. Network news is total tabloid journalism if you ask me.
 

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