NBC's $11 million per year anchorman Brian Williams has been outed for 'misremembering' the details of a supposed exploit he's been telling for years, about being shot at in combat while he was reporting the news from a helicopter in Iraq.
Over the years, the story expanded and expanded, until it was finally challenged by service members whom were actually there. And even a carefully worded 'apology' ended up being challenged.
Among other things, the actual pilot of the aircraft outed this for a lie..the same pilot Brian Williams told a nationwide audience on David Letterman's show had received 'a purple heart' for being wounded.
Brian Williams began to tell the story, from 2003, that the lead aircraft in our flight had received this ground fire.
This was not true.
Brian Williams then began to give account that the aircraft he was traveling on received this ground fire.
This is not true.
This had led to a number of other revelations about things Brian Williams has said during his career...like his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and tall tales about rescuing puppies from a fire.
More will undoubtedly surface, but I doubt in the end if it will mean anything.
Journalism, at least at the Alphabet networks and places like the New York Times died years ago. What matters now is advocacy, and for someone like Brian Williams, that means having the right politics and shilling for the Left. His job isn't reporting the news. It's reading the teleprompter and acting - using certain language and phrasing, his tone of voice and his body language to sell a certain point of view and slant things in the proper direction. And he's good at it.
That's why I doubt NBC will fire him.Instead, they will concentrate on spinning this in several ways:
What will be ignored, of course is that lies by someone whom is a nationally known newscaster and supposedly a journalist is supposedly held to a different standard than someone who cheats at golf on on his taxes, just as a president of the United States should be held to a higher standard than your average neighbor hood adulterer...especially when he commits felonies by lying under oath about it and using the power of his office to induce others to lie for him and engage in a coverup.
Of course, the real question that needs to be asked, the question about what has happened to journalistic ethics and standards will be ignored. The line between journalism and commentary has been deliberately blurred for quite some time, ever since the Left got control of America's major schools of journalism.
A free nation needs a free and unbiased press. We have now reached a time when journalism no longer exists and where people make up their own facts based on their pet ideologies. In that kind of atmosphere, it truly doesn't matter if Brian Williams lies like the proverbial rug.
What matters is how well he sells the narrative...how good an actor he is.