There are many, many things to process here. One, Brian Williams hates Lana del Rey. Two, Brian Williams reads Gawker on the reg. Three, Brian Williams can't spell hipster, but casually uses phrases like "awfully fallow", and "sh*t". Prepare yourself for crippling infatuation: here is a leaked e-mail from everyone's favorite newsman to founder of Gawker, Nick Denton.
From: "Williams, BD (NBCUniversal)"
Date: January 15, 2012 15:56:25 EST
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 [PERFECT use of caps], 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) [JOKES!] and while I know you're in the midst of an editor change, weekends have been allowed to go awfully fallow [googling this] — and it was a fallow [it means plowed and left unseeded for a season or more] holiday period for those of us who check your shit [that's a curse word] 10 times a day by iphone. I know you've been watching NBC Nightly News religiously each evening [I do] and I'll no doubt be getting a withering, detailed critique from you straight away. [how sarcastic, we are!] BW
It took about one day for the folks over at NBC to send, what I imagine to be, a frantic email:
From: M., Erika (NBCUniversal)
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.
In other news, Lana del Rey has no reason to continue doing anything.