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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams is in a little bit of hot water. He admits he embellished a story about being on a military helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003.
Some of the soldiers on the chopper were the ones who called Williams out.
As of this recording, NBC News has not disciplined him.
This story is a great symbol of what TV news is today – and why it is losing relevance as news – because it is wrapped in entertainment.
First, let me say this about Brian Williams. I don’t know him. What I see of him on the air – like on the Daily show – he is funny and talented. From what I hear and read, he is, what one person described as a mensch who talks to and mingles with staffers. He is no prima-donna.
So I feel some sympathy for Williams. You hate to jump on someone when they’re a decent person and they’re down.
Still, my comments here relate to the TV news industry – and what effect it might have had on Brian Williams and this story.
Williams has apologized. He went on air and social media to say – quote –
"I think the continued viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize." End Quote
OK let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he was so wrapped up into the “eye witness accounts” of the soldiers that he re-lived them as his own.
Ronald Reagan used to tell war stories in speeches only to find out the incidents were from screenplays.
And who among us hasn’t embellished a little bit on our own significance?
Still, Brian Williams holds what is supposed to be a position of trust.
The decision by the NBC television network to suspend superstar news anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay has prompted a closer look at the US network news culture, and the very future of the TV news business.
Today, Betsy West teaches journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. It’s a gentle and prestigious place for aspiring young reporters. But after 30 years as a top-level producer, reporter and documentarian for ABC, CBS and PBS, this 21 time Emmy award winner is intimately familiar with the rough and tumble stratosphere of an industry whose most trusted public face until last week may have been Brian Williams.
West was a CBS senior vice president in 2005 when iconic news anchor Dan Rather was forced out for getting a story wrong. She says those past controversies differ in one significant way with the digital age outcry over Brian Williams’ public “misremembering.”
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The fall of NBC anchor Brian Williams has been a shocking example of journalistic malpractice. But are there larger lessons about modern journalism to be gleaned from Williams lies and exaggerations? We'll ask Bridget Johnson, Washington editor of PJ Media.
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The blogosphere is abuzz with details of how NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has repeatedly stretched the truth, i.e. lied, about his coverage of the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. Is this much ado about nothing or indicative of the liberal media's proclivity to lie in serving its own ends? Also, ISIS committed another crime against humanity when they burned a captured Jordanian pilot alive on video. President Obama's response was to give a jaw-dropping speech that suggested the West had no right to be on a "high horse" because the Crusades were fought in the name of Christianity almost a millennium ago. We will try to make some sense of it.
Hillary Lied about being under Enemy Fire long before Brian Williams, where is the coverage of that?
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Ethan and Jimmy end another week of FSR programming - we talk about Obama comparing the Crusades to ISIS, Brian Williams made an ass out of himself, and methadone clinics
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