Hat/Tip to Drew MacKenzie at Newsmax.
Even though he’s been shot down in not one but TWO helicopters, even though he saw one of his “sisters and brothers” float by in the French Quarter after Katrina, even though he got dysentery from flood waters of Katrina, even though he was pinned down in a 5 star hotel by roving gangs and saved by a police officer that he is friends with to this day, even though he “flew into Baghdad with SEAL Team 6,” even though he was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall came down and even though he witnessed a suicide in the Super Dome, Brian Williams could be fired by NBC.
I know, right?
Hard to imagine, but it’s true.
Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams has a “morality clause” in his contract that means he could be fired by the TV news organization, according to the New York Post.
Williams was given a six-month unpaid suspension after it was revealed that he lied during a news show, and at other times, about his helicopter being shot down during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He later admitted during a news broadcast that he had “conflated” his account.
The morality clause says Williams faces the ax if he offended “a significant portion of the community” or brought himself “public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule.”
NBC executives, including Stephen Burke and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, will make a decision on whether Williams breached the rule, sources tell the Post, which noted that a “public morals” clause appears in NBC News employees’ contract that includes a dismissal warning.
The actual wording of Williams’ contract with NBC that deals with this area, in other words, “the moral clause” reads like this:
“If artist commits any act or becomes involved in any situation, or occurrence, which brings artist into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or which justifiably shocks, insults or offends a significant portion of the community, or if publicity is given to any such conduct … company shall have the right to terminate.”