Let’s get off Brian Williams’ back

Tom Curley, CEO of the Associated Press, told a fundraising dinner for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in New York last night that news editors need to “stop pining for the old world and intensify the leading to the new one.”

Curley said news organizations were partly to blame for the troubles they are experiencing in adapting to the new realities of the news business being wrought by the explosion of Internet use.

“The first thing that has to go is the attitude,” Curley said. “Our institutional arrogance has done more to harm us than any portal.”

Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is hosting Saturday Night Live, which has a chorus of “harrumphs” echoing through the halls of Big‑J office towers everywhere.

Brian Williams will be great on SNL. It’ll do a world of good for Brian and, I think, the Big J world altogether. Curley’s right. The attitude is the problem.

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