Hometown Residents Want Tribute to Brian Williams Torn Down


The indignities heaped upon suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams just keep piling up, and by extension, almost certainly ensure he will not return to the anchor chair after his six-months in purgatory are complete. The latest was reported Friday by the New York Post: Dozens of residents from Williams’ hometown are demanding a tribute sign to their former-favorite son be torn down.

Thus far, Mayor Sue Skidmore is balking. The town’s welcome sign, which also honors a half-dozen other hometown notables (including Mark Twain), would be too expensive to replace, she says. According to the Post, she sympathizes with Williams and appreciates the fact that fame didn’t turn his head away from Elmira, “He is one of the more well-known people, and he has come back to Elmira on occasion for celebratory things.”

Elmira might be a small town in Upstate New York, but the embarrassment and humiliation Williams has faced since he was caught in a number of serial lies is nationwide and not dissipating.

The fallout from the scandal has been more damaging than the scandal itself. The stories just keep coming, new bits of information that make Williams’ look pathetic and even clownish.

You can suffer a fairly serious scandal and still come back. Williams’ problem is that he’s now a national punch-line.


John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC