Brian Williams gets pleas to hear some good news
Maybe someone should send him a link to my blog.
Between the drumbeat of bad economic stories, two wars and a winter that won’t quit, Brian Williams knows he’s been anchoring a depressing “Nightly News” for a depressed audience.
Still, even he was shocked at the thousands of responses he has received in less than two days after asking viewers to suggest some good news to report.
“I’m looking at a stack of printed e-mails,” Williams said Friday. “We have more stories than we could humanly cover if we combined all three network newscasts. It’s hit an unbelievable nerve.”
Williams said he’s been hearing it repeatedly from people he meets on the street or viewers who send e-mails: The news is so bad every night that it’s a burden to watch. Wrote one viewer: “We all know it’s bad, but the news makes us feel like crawling under a rock.”
He recently ran into colleague Al Roker on the street outside Rockefeller Center and was surprised that sidewalks normally crowded with tourists were empty.
So he made a plea seconds before the end of NBC’s newscast on Wednesday: We’re looking for good news. Nominate people doing good work, perhaps a random or regular act of kindness in a cruel economy, and we’ll tell some of their stories.