Brian Williams looks back at ‘the call that change my career’ and made him integral to MSNBC’s launch 25 years ago

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1996 was the year of “Jerry Maguire,” the “Macarena” — and the birth of MSNBC. I was serving as Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News when I got the call from the boss: he wanted to see me in New York. Something about a new assignment. Something big was afoot. Upon arrival the assignment was revealed to me: a plan for a new cable network, designed for a new age.