NBC’s Pete Williams hailed for accurate reporting of Boston story


HERE‘s a guy who thinks it’s more important to get it right than to get it first:

NBC’s Pete Williams is currently trending worldwide on Twitter — and not without merit. On a major story that has been defined by inaccurate and conflicting reports and wild speculation, Williams has been calm, diligent and correct.

Inside the studios of NBC, Williams is being widely referred to as a hero, a source told POLITICO. He has resisted the praise: When one NBC News staffer told Wlliams that he was trending on Twitter yesterday, Williams laughed and replied: “I dont want to be trending on anything!”

“We’re just sticking to what Pete approves right now,” the source said. “It is literally ‘wait for what Pete reports’ right now.”

It is hard to overstate the threat this poses to CNN, which has been heavily criticized by the news media, on social media and, most memorably, by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

On Wednesday, while CNN was self-destructing after falsely reporting that a suspect has been taken into custody, Williams rightly reported otherwise. Through Thursday, he reported what was known, while resisting the temptation to speculate on what he did not. Then, in the early hours of Friday morning, Williams was among the first to report on the ongoing developments of the search for the suspects — including that one of the suspects was dead and that both suspects were legal residents with foreign military training.

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When CNN became the butt of jokes for its erroneous reporting Wednesday, NBC’s Pete Williams’ clear, careful, accurate reporting in a sea of media confusion had made him the most lauded television news reporter working on the Boston Marathon bombing story.

Williams uncanny knack for getting the right information first has been driven by his habit of not being quick to jump to conclusions. Williams has been covering the Justice Department since 1993 and, as the National Journal points out, and once described his approach to reporting this way: “the essence of journalism is the process of selection.” The lesson there has been on display this week day after day, hour after hour.

Williams began to prove himself in the hullabaloo that was reporting on Wednesday. When CNN, Fox News and the AP reported that an arrest had been made, NBC, because of Williams’ reporting, maintained that that had not in fact happened. And, of course, he was correct.


Early Friday morning, as the suspects killed a police officer, stole a car and engaged in a deadly shootout with police, Williams broke news again and again. He was one of the first to say that a suspect had been killed; the first to report that the men may have had overseas connections; the first to report that they told the man whose car they stole that they had carried out the bombing attack; and the first to report that the men were brothers.


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