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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow found it “awkward” that no one from NBC was willing to appear on her show to discuss the suspension of Brian Williams as anchor of the NBC Nightly News:

You’d think that if they’re going to talk to anybody about this, we might reasonably get a leg up on getting interviews with any NBC News executives to explain this decision if only because we’re right down the hall.

After all, MSNBC and NBC are owned by the same company and often share news personnel resources. So it would be only natural to expect that they would use their cable news arm to further explain the situation leading up to Williams’ suspension to a sympathetic host. But their refusal to appear on one of their company-owned networks only raises questions of whether or not there is more to the story that they aren’t telling us, and Maddow deserves credit for calling out MSNBC’s sister network for their odd behavior.

Williams’ suspension is most likely the beginning of the end of his tenure as the Nightly News anchor and the six-month suspension without pay will give the network time to find a new anchor and negotiate a contract settlement with Williams.

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