First, it was his crack about an NBC page listening to a podcast at the Overseas Press Club Awards dinner. Then, it was his suggestion of “you” at Time magazine’s Person Of The Year luncheon (“We’re choosing cat videos over well thought-out, well-reported evening newscasts … Look at the shows that do well that don’t include dancing … If we’re all blogging, what aren’t we reading?”). Now, NBC Nightly News host and Daily Nightly blogger Brian Williams is telling NYU journalism students just what he thinks about the blogosphere, and, specifically, the Bronx and Brooklyn bloggers who inhabit it.
“All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years,” Williams said Wednesday. “On the Internet, no one knows if you’ve been to Ramadi or you’ve just been to Brooklyn and just have an opinion about Ramadi.”
Williams added: “And now, apparently because encyclopedias were too exact, we have Wikipedia, the inexact encyclopedia. We don’t get hung up on facts. In my entry alone there are seven errors, and I’m completely unimportant.”