NBC's Brian Williams Benches Himself

NBC's embattled anchor, Brian Williams, has stepped aside from his nightly news duties for "several days" in the wake of embarrassing revelations that his tale of danger during the 2003 Iraq invasion may not have been true. In a statement posted on the NBC News web site, Williams said:

"In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions."As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us."