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a that is it for us and i'm don lemon. we we will see you tomorrow. "the lead with jake tapper" starts right now. there is breaking news up and down the dial right now. brian williams will be suspended for six months without pay. and shocking news that jon stewart is stepping down from
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his "the daily show." and a statement a moment ago, we have decided to suspend brian williams the anchorman and editing manager for six months without pay. we will have more on that shortly. and it is really just six months or will it lead to him being terminated? but we begin with more news on the breaking news of kayla mueller and the courage and the serenity she displayed many in the year of isis captivity. president obama spoke to buzz feed's penn smith. >> she was confirmed dead today and i wondered if you had any reaction to her murder and whether, really how you tell a family not going to do this again? not doing all we can in this situation? >> first of all, my immediate
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reaction is heartbreak. you know, i've been in touch with kayla's family. she was an outstanding young woman and a great spirit. and i think that spirit will live on. i think the more people learn about her, the more they appreciate what she stood for and how it stands in contrast with the barbaric organization that held her captive. but i don't think it's accurate then to say that the united states government hasn't done everything that we could. we devoted enormous resources and always devote enormous resources to freeing captives or hostages anywhere in the world. and i deployed an entire operation at significant risk to rescue not only her, but the other individuals that had been held.
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and probably missed them by a day or two, precisely because we had that commitment. the one thing that we have held to is a possible of not paying ransoms with an organization like isil and the reason is that once we start doing that, not only are we financing their slaughter of innocent people and strengthening their organization, but we're actually making americans even greater targets for future kidnappings. so, you know, it's as tough as anything that i do having a conversation with parents who understandably want, by any means necessary, for their children to be safe. and we will do everything we can short of providing an incentive for future americans to be.
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>> you're ruling out ransoms as anything considered there. >> just as a general rule, what we don't want to do is make other american citizens riper targets for the actions of organizations like this. >> that's president obama and buzz feed's ben smith. the white house said they're not changing the ransom policy but reviewing the hostage policy. do we know how? >> well the president started this back in november, and my sense of it, anderson, is that they are making progress. but as you heard the president say that speaking with the parents of the american hostages is as tough as anything that he does. he is however, standing by the policy of not paying for the release of hostages, and the concern we've heard this
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repeatedly not just from the president, but several officials inside the white house is they don't want to provide an incentive for isis or other terror groups to take hostage. the other big thing, the payments made by other governments for their hostages to release hostages helps fund isis operations but the president essentially acknowledged that this rescue mission he authorized last summer was aimed at freeing kayla mueller and the other hostages inside syria. that was something we had not heard before. >> in terms of how kayla actually died, do they not believe it was the jordanian air strike? >> reporter: that's right. we heard from white house press secretary josh earnest. no word of air strikes that took place and recall those were the jordanian air strikes part of the u.s. coalition to really strike back at isis after the killing of the jordanian pilot who was burned to death but the white house saying today that that is not the case, that is a bogus claim from isis.
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>> the president is expected to send a new authorization for the military force against isis. do we know the e details of that? where does it stand? >> reporter: we heard from sources white house will unveil this as soon as tomorrow, anderson, it will get rid of 2002 authorization for the war in iraq, something democrats like and replace it with a measure that is isis-specific. the authorization will have no geographic boundaries to go after isis wherever they are and this will only last three years. keep in mind, that's beyond president obama's time in office. but on this key question, anderson, of whether it will allow for u.s. boots on the ground or combat operations, this is where it gets interesting. according to this proposal that we see from lawmakers and hear from lawmakers, this authorization will prohibit what they call enduring offensive combat operations. what does that mean? the president can put boots on the ground in combat operations, but that those deployments cannot last indefinitely, anderson. >> jim, appreciate the details.
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thanks. we can't confirm precisely how or where kayla mueller died, whether a jordanian air strike as isis claims but we know how she lived, as a young woman who cared for others in places she didn't have to go, how she lived as volunteer helping victims in the war in syria and even how she lived and survived as a captive. today, the family said she herself wrote them from the cell and reads in part i've come to see there's good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. she continued i pray each day that if nothing else you felt a certain closeness and surrender to god as well and form a bond of love and support amongst one another. the family released the letter today, and today, the friends and family in prescott, arizona, talked about what a remarkable person kayla was. >> i'm not yet sure how to live in a world without kayla. but i do know we're all living in a better world because of her. so i'm going to end on a quote that reminds me of her. peace is not something you wish for. it's something you make. you it's something do.
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it's something you are and it's something you give away. >> joining us now from prescott is ana cabrera. you were at the press conference today. what else did kayla's family have to say? >> reporter: they really want to make sure she's defined by her life, not her death. they shared stories about kayla and what was a common theme is just how giving she was and how much joy she brought to every life that she touched and so even though this is such a painful moment for her family and friends, they are comforted by her memory, a memory that lives on. they talked about the work that she did, not just here in arizona, working with non-profit organizations but also around the world in her humanity work. at such a young age, she traveled to india. she traveled and worked in israel and the palestinian territories and lastly of course drawn to turkey and the turkey/syria border where she helped out the syrian refugees and say it's really kind of almost ironic in her death, it's
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shedding on her message and what she deemed was so important. and the message of the people in syria. and that is what continues to live on. >> kayla has touched the heart of the world. the world grieves with us. the world mourns with us. the world wants to be more like kayla. and if that is her legacy and the footprint that she leaves on the world, then that is a wonderful thing. >> just devastating. president obama called the family as well? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. we understand he spoke with both of kayla's parents, he expressed his condolences and pledged to relentlessly pursue those who had a hand in her death and we know the priority right now of the u.s. government working with the family to try to bring kayla mueller's body back to arizona so that this community and her
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family, most importantly, can have some closure and kayla can rest surrounded by those who love her, anderson. >> ana cabrera, thank you very much. we read portions of kayla's letter tonight, however, because we think you'll find it worth reading in full, we posted all of it on our web site, quick reminder set your dvr to watch "360" any time you want. just ahead, the bombshell that jon stewart is leaving "the daily show" and also brian williams suspended for six months. could this be it? or will he return as the anchor? the decision was made and announced just a short time ago. details of that when we come back.
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welcome back. there are two major stories in the world of television to report. we learned an hour or so that jon stewart will be leaving the "daily show" on comedy central, and also, that brian williams is suspended for six months without pay effective immediately. just a short time ago moments before we went on air, in fact, nbc news released a statement from nbc news president debra
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turner. on nightly news friday 2013, misrepresented news covering the iraq war in 2003. the statement continues it became clear on other occasions brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. this was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in brian's position. nbc president debra turness and tonight, lester holt filling in. it is unclear what will happen when the six-month suspension is up. joining us now is brian stelter host of "reliable sources" and also the host of "hollywood
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reporters" marissa guthrie. are you surprised? >> reported the suspension was likely but six months shocks me. >> it's long? >> because of how long it is and people automatically assume he'll never come back. six months is such a long period of time that this will become permanent with lester holt and the job but what else could have nbc done? the talk in the halls what he was never going to come back at all but at least this gives people the possibility or think there's a possibility. >> basically tables the whole issue, just gets him out of the public discussion and six months when people aren't paying attention, simply go. >> pop up and return or he'll just be fired. and you just prolong everything. that's the thing. you're in the penalty box for six months. >> would that prolong it? six months after the limelight and the headlines? >> does he come back and if he does, does it dredge everything up again? and also, so they announced, why didn't they announce this last week? so they have this internal investigation going on. >> which is still going on, not done yet. they're still investigating, they say, yet they're still doing this. steve burke, the head of nbc universal, met with brian at his apartment on the upper west side
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on central park west and said in the statement tonight he deserves a second chance and we are routing for him. but i dont't know if anyone in the country is going to believe that. >> and i don't think, people inside nbc news are upset. it's like, you're either in or you're out. does keeping him around in the suspended animations continue to damage the credibility of the news division? i think that's what a lot of people feel inside nbc news. >> he signed a new five year contract recently. suspended for six months without pay, if he's actually let go then, would he receive the, i don't know, $50 million or whatever it is that he would normally have been paid out over the course of five years? >> that depends if he has a moral turpitude clause in his contract. they can get out of the money off if that's in his contract. >> they could have easily have the language changed which many people do. >> brian williams did go to iraq and new orleans.
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>> true. >> amid a allll of this the public trial is too much, and he deserves a break and deserves a second chance. by having him suspended for six months, not really getting a second chance at least not until way down the road. >> not being on the nbc nightly news for six months i assume also means no appearances on jimmy fallon, no appearance on various late night shows. just on -- >> deep freeze. >> steps down, folks automatically connect, there's another job out there for brian williams. he's been so funny in late night before, maybe decide to make a career change and i'm sure i'm not the first. >> or maybe jon stewart can be anchor of nightly news. >> that just seems highly unlikely. >> and now we are plotting the whole future of television, aren't we? >> it is a remarkable stunning turn of events when you consider the career, the power he had within nbc, the presence he had
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on television on a nightly basis that within the space of five days, i wonder how much of this would have been different had he made a different statement on the nbc nightly news initially and then not gone out to a ranger game with tom hanks immediately after making -- >> i think it would have been a lot different. if he made out immediately and said, i was wrong and did something i shouldn't have, i'm very sorry, and they could have immediately announced a suspension of a month or something. and if he had made a transparent full-throated apology immediately, it would have been a lot different. >> the media version it's not the crime, it's the cover-up, it's the way it's handled immediately by the people involved, that's how it feels in some ways but also have to say if he hadn't tried to be so public about what he was doing, he was celebrating a veteran, a wonderful thing to do but made it about himself on the broadcast and said hit by a chopper an rpg.
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made it about himself and clearly worsened the situation for him. >> and then the revelations about other stories coming out, other things he had said, comments about seeing a body floating down outside of the ritz-carlton hotel that was wide widely disputed, because there was not sheer enough water for that to have happened there, and i talked to a police chief who had been stationed on canal street and he said, no way that there was a body floated down canal street. >> that's true, people tell tall tales but we've got to hold journalist at a different standard. i say that to you before, how social media can hold journalists accountable, that's theoretical but this is a real life example. because we heard a soldier have him misspeak. >> and how do you then confront a politician or somebody about a misstatement a lie, factually incorrect statement, how do you
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do that without that person coming back at you and saying, who can you think you are to talk to me about this? >> that's the heart of this issue and that's why people at nbc news who do take this very seriously are so upset. >> i had a person at nbc say to me, i can never trust him again. we have short-term memories, but i wonder. >> i feel for the guy for the drastic turn of events his life suddenly taken and family, everybody involved. horrifically sad. brian stelter, appreciate you being on and marisa guthrie. nex next, how we got here, and some of the other stories that brian williams has told and if it jives with the facts and some that haven't. jon stewart leaving "the daily show." details on that next. for just a hundred bucks a month with any smartphone, including the samsung galaxy note 4 for zero down. add more family members for just $40 bucks a pop. think the other guys have a family plan like this?
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discredit discredited iraq war story, but some of the other stories he's been telling over the years. we touched on it briefly a few moments ago. more now from our randi kaye. >> reporter: here at the super dome as we left there tonight, the first signs of restlessness. >> reporter: on the ground in new orleans, tales of dead bodies, dysentery wild gains. and a closer look at brian williams reporting. in a 2006 interview, the "nbc nightly news" anchor shared this. >> when you look out of your hotel room window in the french quarter and watch a man float by face down -- >> reporter: how can that be? others claim the french quarter remained mostly dry. the former general manager of the ritz karl-carlton hotel stated during the storm othe
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picayune-time s picayune-times that there's no physical way the water was deep enough for a body to float by recalling just six to eight inches of water on the first floor. some pictures show streets underwater but it's still unknown exactly how deep the water was. in a documentary about katrina, he heard a story of a man taking his life in the super dome but told predecessor tom brokaw goes beyond the suicide. >> we all watched as one man committed suicide. >> reporter: that story surrender investigation by nbc news. including his account about getting sick from sewage water while reporting on hurricane katrina. author douglas brinkley quotes saying he was fading in and out and that the hotel was on lockdown to keep out armed gangs gangs. >> our hotel was overrun with gangs. >> reporter: the washington post reports that three different
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people told reporters no gangs had infiltrated the ritz carlton. the israel war with militant hezbollah is under scrutiny. he spoke of rockets flying beneath his helicopter. >> there were katusha rockets underneath. >> reporter: but earlier, no mention of that close call. only that there was activity on the ground and that a rocket launch six miles away. all of this came long after the incident in iraq now in question. from march 26, 2003. in his first report, no mention of a rocket-propelled grenade attacking his helicopter. >> on the ground, we learn the chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky. >> reporter: but ten years later, williams told david letterman his was one of two army choppers hit. >> rpg and ak-47? >> reporter: rpg and ak-47 or nothing at all? that remains for the nbc investigators to figure out. randi kaye, cnn, new york. and now a discussion on th
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this, and in addition to the breaking news and whether the six-month suspension will or should leave to a permanent departure from the nbc news, a scientific angle. how the human brain creates memories and sometimes turns them into false memories, not saying that's what happened here but happens with a number of people and memories. university of illinois professor dan simons coauthor of the invisible gorilla, how intuition deceives us and how john diaz who has a simple bottom line for brian yil brian williams, fire him. john you said flatout, brian williams should not keep his job. i wonder what you think of this six month suspension and whether it's just a precursor of him being let go. >> a couple things, anderson. first of all, the punishment is severe. but i also think it's appropriate. really the gravity of this
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breach of journal ismism ethics. i suspect he's not going to come back as the face of the nbc news division nor should he as managing editor. all of us understand journalists, anderson, that at the point of entry, this is something fabricating information, simply cannot be done. you would get fired from this in the smallest market in the united states. >> well, there's no doubt about it. dan, brian williams said he misremembered. a lot of people scoff at the idea of misremembering, what does that actually mean, does he misremember what happened in the helicopter in iraq, but what you know of this story and your work on memory issues, are you inclined to believe him? because clearly nbc thought it was something very serious here. >> i think it's interesting. it's hard to separate from a single episode, whether somebody is misremembering or fabricating. it could be a false memory. many hallmarks of a false memory and we know from decades of research our memories can be distorted over time especially for traumatic and emotional memories get distorted in the retelling. whether it was a false memory or
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deliberate lie, we can't really say, but it does not necessarily excuse a journalist like brian williams from responsibility. because a journalist is response responsible for the truth. >> should be aware of how fallible memory is. >> yeah. exactly. journalists covered memory fails by politics over the years. largely on the basis of mistaken memory. so given that awareness, memory is just one of many sources and you have to corroborate your sources. memory is not a particularly reliable one. >> what makes me skeptical on that, dan, is that all of these, whether misremembered incidences or stories or lies, they all basically kind of bolster brian williams' stand ging, and it is not as if they were telling stories ha that undercut him or
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make him look bad. it was like a certain similar core to the all of them. all about, i'm in a danger zone. i'm a brave guy. >> yeah, well, if you think about it, what our memory for us is to predict the future but it's basically a story about our past. it's how we make sense of our lives and you are the center point of that story. so if you're going to have a distorted memory, most likely it's going to make you look better. and that is completely in keeping with this and it's possible this is a serial pattern but it's also possible he's making himself the center of his memories over time. that's not inconsistent with what we know about false memory. >> john, do you -- >> anderson, if i could add a point. first of all, i do not buy this was a false memory. i would certainly be much more forgiving if it were a soldier with multiple tours in iraq but let's say it was. in this journalism profession, you don't do stories based on memory even if it involved yourself.
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you go back and look at the archives and the original storey. it would be the height of irresponsibility for brian williams to go on the air with something based on his memory. yeah, you tell stories maybe if you're in a tavern or family gathering based on memory but not the "nbc nightly news." >> i've also got to say, john, the iraq story, even when it was initially told, it was written very tightly, so that to a casual listener, it might have sounded as if he was in this convoy that was fired upon. even in the original telling, he didn't say, an rpg hit my helicopter. the way it was written, it was written tightly, i thought. >> i agree and anderson, one of the things that i think is really one of the casualties of this whole mess is not just for nbc news but for the journalism profession in general because so many people are so distrustful of institutions generally in the united states and we certainly see that in the news business that i think a lot of
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journalists including myself are pretty upset that this even happened and certainly the onus is on nbc news to correct it. >> dan, for people out there who -- >> can i just jump in there for a second. >> sure, go ahead. >> i think that john is right that there is a response possibility the truth here, and the key point is that relying on the memory exclusively is not a good idea, because we know that the memories can be false, and whether or not he was deliberately kind of self-aggrandizing and making himself look better or the failure of memory which is possible it does not excuse using this as a primary and sole source for what happened especially with the documentary evidence of what is there, but jumping to the conclusion that somebody got something wrong they must be lying.
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it might well have been a false memory and that's something we know from decades of established science that's entirely possible. again, doesn't excuse it. just a possible mechanism for why he might make up stories about himself. >> how easy is it to make a false memory? i have seen people planted show as a child in a hot air balloon, they weren't and a number of people believed, oh, i was in a hot air balloon. so how prone is memory to suggestion? or hope or wishes? >> it's remarkably prone to suggestion. it's remarkably prone to suggestion because our memory isn't like a dvd recording of what we experienced. it's every time we retell it, it's improvisation on a theme. like a child's game of telephone with itself and the telephone game can whisper the distorted message to itself over time. there's a study about to come out in psychological science, one of the major journals in our field showing it's possible to get college undergraduates
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falsely remember getting a felony that involved contact with the police, theft or assault with a weapon. 70% of undergrads through repeated recalls believed they had actually committed a crime. it's not that hard to induce false memories. >> john, to your point, there were other people involved. camera crews with brian williams, producers with brian william ss and other people with nbc news who were aware of stuff going on and what had been said in the past. so, i think that it is important to surround yourself with people who challenge you who, you know will say to you, i don't care if you are the anchor of the nightly news what you are saying is wrong, and it does not seem ha there was anybody doing that with brian williams. >> i find it inexplicable nobody said, hey, brian, this isn't exactly how it came down. anderson, if i could make one quick counterpoint to what the professor was saying about how susceptible people are to false memories, i would want to separate there the average
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person from a trained journalist. anderson, you've been around the world covering stories. when you're really in the middle of a profound event, you documented it and most journalists would write about it and certainly, brian williams had a video of that that was archived. >> right. >> i just find it, and i this think that journalists are trained to remember things in a more specific way detailed way than the average person. i do not buy it with brian williams. >> but dan -- >> they are trained to document their memories. >> dan, that's the thing. there is documentation. there's video evidence. there's notebooks from back then. if you're going to tell a story, you need to consult back at the video, you can't just rely on your, the way you seem to have remembered it. >> i agree completely. >> fascinating discussion. dan sighmons, i appreciate your being on and john diaz as well.
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well, as i said, more breaking news tonight. jon stewart is leaving "the daily show," comedy central later this year. the statement from the network, the fact we're calling this breaking news is the sort of thing "the daily show" likes to make fun of but it's big news to fans, everyone in this program included. hosted for 15 years, hilariously skewering politicians at every turn. we could play any clip of the
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daily show and invariably most likely be funny. we go from the bit where stewart addressed the brian williams story. >> why? why? why, bri? why bri lie? sigh. were you bri high? because if they keep finding [ bleep ], bri bye. >> joining me now on the phone, is bill carter who has written two books on talk shows, a for "the new york times" for 25 years. bill, good to have you on the program. you say jon stewart was mulling his future at "the daily show" for a while now. >> his contract was up at the end of this year and he talked about it a lot thinking seriously about leaving. a lot of people think that's a negotiating ploy, you know? when your contract is up but i know jon and i knew he was serious. you know, he feels like he's done it all at that show. won ten straight emmy awards, hosted the oscars twice. i think he's the kind of guy who
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looks at his future and think, what else can i do? i think that's why he made the decision now. >> he direct eded the movie over to the summer and took a leave of absence are from that and he is ale talented guy and he he could go in a lot of directions. i mean the accomplishments that you have talked about and some of the awards and stuff, but the importance of the "daily show" in the national discussion i mean i don't believe it can be overstated over to the certainly last ten years or so. >> no question. and many younger people, younger americans have looked at that as their newscast. i mean, they, obviously, jon is make comedy and will always say to him, are you a journalist, no, i'm a comedian, but he really had impact on a lot of stories and especially for younger viewers, they look to him to sort of explain the news for them and boy, if you go on
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the wrong side of "the daily show", it was not good for you if you were a politician. >> beyond politicians and the media, championed causes back in 2010, a bill to benefit 9/11 responders big priority on his show and i want to play a short clip from that. >> before we go, i want to talk one last time about something called the zadroga bill. an nypd detective who died in 2006 thought to be caused by the the dust he encountered because he worked at ground zero in 001. this bill would provide $7 billion in medical and financial benefits for ground zero workers who get sick and they're going to pay for it by closing a corporate tax loophole. it's a win win win win, just [ bleep ] do it. >> that bill ended up passing later this year. he did have an impact or later that year, i should say. it's not clear who's going to replace him.
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"the daily show" is a big moneymaker for comedy central. it's going to stay on the air. >> people forget it was on the air before jon. jon was not the first. it's a franchise for them. he expanded and he just gave them so much value and raised the profile of that network single handedly. south park obviously a big factor too but brought stephen colbert and the other talents, steve carrell. all the talent he brought to the american culture. he will be enormously missed and i really feel for the person that tries to replace him. >> yeah, i do want to ask you about brian williams also. what's your reaction to the news of the six month suspension. >> i'm really sad. i'm friends with brian. thought he did a good job. obviously this was a really indefensible situation. i think nbc put it that way tonight in a statement. you couldn't really find a reason why this was justifiable
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and they apparently have found some other instances. that's what i feared for that because i thought if they find that, brian is, you know, a serial embellishers, that puts a bad light on him. i don't think anything he did on the newscast was necessarily bad but i do think credibility is a huge factor in those jobs, and, you know, i would hope he can do something to restore it because i think he's a good guy and good at his job. >> and his apology continued to misstate things, a and that is clearly a mistake. >> that was a mistake. the only thing he could do there was abjectly announcing how inexplicable it was and he didn't do that which i think is a mistake. >> do you think it's a six month
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suspension? >> for the moment, i guess it is. we have to see how it plays out because, you know, will there be more to be revealed? will they decide, you know, we've got to move on without this guy? will the network take a tumble now without him? can he be rehabilitated? i don't know the answers to that. i wouldn't jump to conclusions. i think everybody tries to jump to conclusions but i do think we have, i have sympathy. this is not the worst thing a person has ever done and i think he's been subjected to a kind of lynch mob in the media, a little bit over the top but certainly, you can't make excuses for it. so i would not, i just don't want to foreclose anything. i think it's a very bad situation though for him and nbc. >> it certainly leaves options on the table for nbc to see how this plays out. bill carter, thank you very much. ahead breaking news in an ongoing police investigation. what they're focusing on in the sad case of bobbi kristina brown, whitney houston's daughter. is computing to empower cancer researchers. it used to take two weeks to sequence and analyze a genome; with the microsoft cloud we can analyze 100 per day.
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the daughter of the late whitney houston remains in a medically induced coma as details come to light about the investigation. the break news tonight is that thats roswell, georgia, police chief is revealing that there is a criminal investigation ongoing. bobbi kristina brown was found in a bathtub found in a bathtub full of water more than a week
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ago. friend of hers said police found bruises on the chest and another source said police look at all angles to find out about injuries. alina machado joins us. >> reporter: anderson, as you mentioned, we now know that police are calling this a criminal investigation, obviously, we don't know what the outcome of this investigation will be or even if any charges will be filed when all is said and done. we also don't know still what may have caused bobbi kristina to become unresponsive. a friend of bobbi kristina is saying that police questioned nick gordon about some bruises found on bobbi kristina's chest. that same friend tells nancy grace that the bruises were the result of him h performing cpr on bobbi kristina and now a source with knowledge of the investigation tells cnn that the the probe is focusing on anyone who was in the house the night before bobbi kristina was found and also focusing on people who
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had contact with gordon. it's worth noting we have tried to reach out to nick gordon and tried to see if there's an attorney who was representing him but so far, we have not been able to get a statement from gordon. >> bobby brown's lawyer, the father, his lawyer, i understand he released a statement today. what did he say? >> reporter: yeah, the statement was very lengthy and in it, the family thanked people for their prayers and for their support. they said this is a criminal investigation and that the integrity of the process requires silence. the statement concluded by saying that god is hearing their prayers, anderson. >> all right, alina machado, appreciate the update. questions swirled around the nature of nick gordon's relationship with bobbi kristina. for years now as to how he became part of the family, and even if the two the were married. here is randyi kaye with what we know about gordon. >> reporter: he was just 12 when he joined whitney houston's family.
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>> my name is nick gordon. my life changed dramatically when i met whitney. i went to high school, mom kicked me out of the house. >> reporter: whitney houston took nick gordon in, at the urging of her only child, bobbi kristina. whitney never adopted him but grew up alongside bobbi kristina. when the singer died in 2012, media attention began to focus on bobbi kristina and nick gordon's relationship. he down played the idea they were dating to abc news saying, we're just close. just going through her mom's passing and grieving together. he also confirmed on twitter he and bobbi kristina are not blood relatives, writing, for the stupid people out there, she gave birth to one child and she trusted me with everything. whitney houston told abc nick gordon was like a son to her but not everyone in the family is feeling the love. bobbi kristina's aunt got a restraining order last year claiming he posted photos of guns and made threats against her.
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a georgia court granted the protective order for one year forbidding the contact finding that she was nin reasonable fear for her safety. gordon had a dui arrest last august. despite issues, bobbi kristina said yes when proposed and spotted wearing an engagement ring. in july 2013, bobbi kristina wrote on facebook, yes, we me nick are engaged. i'm tired of people saying ew you're engaged to your brother. my mom never adopted him. about six months later came the announce announcement on twitter that the couple had been secretly married, but a lawyer for the family said that they were not huz hband and wife but still bob bobbi kristina tweeted in january #happilymarried.
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so in love. a follow-up to gushing tweets like this one, nick gordon, you are my moon, my sun, my love of my life. i'll be by your side forever. you are my world. meanwhile the man she calls the love of her life not at her bedside. police are taking a closer look at his actions the day bobbi kristina was found and a family friend says he's not welcome at the hospital. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> well, up next, details on what was even by local standards a wild car chase near los angeles. daughter: do you and mom still have money with that broker? dad: yeah, 20 something years now. thinking about what you want to do with your money? daughter: looking at options. what do you guys pay in fees? dad: i don't know exactly. daughter: if you're not happy do they have to pay you back? dad: it doesn't really work that way. daughter: you sure? vo: are you asking enough questions about the way your wealth is managed? wealth management at charles schwab.
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caught up in other stories. amara walker with a "360" bulletin. hi anderson. virginia authorities have charged jesse matthew with the first de gree murd first-degree murder with the death of virginia student hannah graham. she vanished from downtown charlottesville last september and found in an abandoned property. new york city police officer was indicted today for shooting and killing this man who was unarmed in a brooklyn housing project in november. there's no word yet on the charges the officer faces. and a "360" follow, authorities say the serial stowaway struck again. 63-year-old marilyn heartman facing charges after investigators say she snuck on a flight from minneapolis, st. paul international airport and flew to jacksonville, florida. hartman has been caught repeatedly after sneaking on to flights. wild car chase in los angeles, suspect, an alleged gunman crashes and carjacks a
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car and on the run again. he abandoned that car, fails to carjack another vehicle and police opened fire. wounded and arrested and hospitalized tonight recovering from surgery. >> amara walker, thank you very much. that does it for us tonight. the cnn special report chasing a killer mcstay family murders starts now. ily mysteriously vanished. >> 10:39 a.m. that morning i spoke to julie on the phone. everything was fine. >> immediately, i felt like something terrible happened to them. >> 9-1-1 emergency. >> with few clues, no answers, the case grown cold until the mystery turned out to be murder. >> it's everything that we know, that they were brutally murdered.