(Newsbusters) With Brian Williams' reputation now tarnished by his Iraq war tall-tales it's going to be awfully awkward for NBC News to allow him to cover any stories involving public figures caught in lies. At the very least his days of "precinct captain for" NBC's "Truth Squad" are probably over.
Williams served in that capacity during NBC News's live coverage of the 2004 presidential and vice presidential debates. In its coverage of the October 5, 2004 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards, the then anchor-in-waiting was introduced by Tom Brokaw this way: "We've been keeping track of the facts or the non-facts during the course of the debate as well. And the precinct captain for our Truth Squad in Cleveland, here's NBC's Brian Williams for us now."