In an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, Brokaw emphasized the importance of a fair investigation into the claims that Williams misrepresented or fabricated some of his reporting – a scandal that left Williams suspended from his anchor position for six months without pay and launched an internal NBC investigation.
“I read things attributed to me or what my state of mind is – completely wrong, almost all of them,” Brokaw said, referring to reports of a feud between the journalists. “I hope that this can get worked out to the advantage of everybody, but we’ve got to let the process play out.”
While Brokaw, 75, said he is not in touch with Williams, 55, he thinks “[Williams] is now at a point where he’s, I gather, trying to decide how it is that he’s going to respond. And my answer to all of these questions is always the same. We have a process underway in fairness to Brian – and by the way, we’ve always had cordial relationships. In fairness to him and his family, we need to let the process play out. And there’s been way too much speculation.”
When Hannity asked if someone may be seeking revenge on Williams, Brokaw said social media was more likely the culprit.
“Yes, I don’t know. It would be hard for me to assign motivation,” he said. “I just think what happens with the profusion of social media is that if you get any kind of a name, and it has nothing to do with philosophy or personality, if it’s a name that everyone recognizes, they’re going to punch it out there because they think it’ll bring in viewers.”