The Brian Williams Gawker Email Commentary on Lana Del Rey
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Spoiler alert-- it's not very positive! Brian Williams, popular newsman and frequent 30 Rock cameo-maker, doesn't need Liz Lemon to write all his jokes, that's for sure. In an email to Gawker honcho Nick Denton, Williams subtly blasted Lana Del Rey's recent appearance on SNL. Naturally, NBC PR cronies didn't like this too much. The real question is, why on earth would any right-minded celebrity write anything polarizing and topical to a Gawker employee and think it WOULDN'T be public by lunchtime?

First-- if you haven't already-- check out Lana's "performance" via our recap from yesterday.

The email:

From: "Williams, BD (NBCUniversal)"
Date: January 15, 2012 15:56:25 EST
To:
ND:
I hope you're well. Happy New Year. A big congratulations to the new freelance weekend guy, Taylor Bernam. He's done some good posts right out of the box. I do wish the main page featured more TV coverage (Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show's history, for starters). In my humble opinion as a loyal customer (you know I love you but the Blog View button will be the eventual cause of my death) and while I know you're in the midst of an editor change, weekends have been allowed to go awfully fallow and it was a fallow holiday period for those of us who check your shit 10 times a day by iphone. I know you've been watching NBC Nightly News religiously each evening and I'll no doubt be getting a withering, detailed critique from you straight away.
BW


The hurried damage control from NBC:

From: M., Erika (NBCUniversal)
To: 'Kevin@gawker.com'
Sent: Mon Jan 16 12:26:59 2012
Subject: Brian Williams
Kevin can you please have the post of Brian Williams' email to Nick Denton taken down immediately? That was sent in confidence as friends and absolutely never intended to be public. A speedy removal would go a long way in maintaining the trust and respect we have for your site.


Does anyone actually have "trust and respect" for Gawker? At least they are slightly more credible than Lana, who doesn't command nearly as many pageviews, and also sucks.

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