Published by: 1World Online
Sometimes in life, the truth and how one perceives it becomes shrouded in mystery. What one thinks the truth is and how others accept it construes the facts and bends reality.
If the story sounds good tell it, and if no one questions it then the facts remain true, right?
Such is the case with NBC, news anchorman, Brian Williams. In Williams’ rush to sensationalize an insurgent’s, RPG attack on a Chinook helicopter in 2003, his story became shrouded in deceit.
Whether that transgression was, voluntary or involuntary, only Brian Williams knows for sure.
On his “Nightly News” show in January, 2015, Williams said, “…the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG.”
Williams sudden claim to being in that same helicopter was clearer than years of having implied that the Chinook he was in had been attacked.
The next month in his apology Williams said, “I was instead in a following aircraft.” A day later the pilot of the Chinook Williams was in said in a published rebuttal, “Brian Williams’ account is not true.”
Confusion follows the delusion or is it the other way around, or maybe it was, simply, one lie used to cover another?
The problem with this story is not only if William’s told the truth, but also if his journalistic integrity has been damaged beyond repair. It also raises the question of whether NBC’s reputation has suffered a direct hit.
Can the top-rated news network owned by Comcast survive Brian Williams’ dodgy memory, or will its Nielsen ratings drop faster than an old news story?
In the evening, when people turn on their TV’s, they immediately tune into what they feel is the most trusted and reliable news source. They want the truth and nothing but the truth, because, in their busy, everyday life, they don’t have time for anything more.
So, what happens if the newsman lies? Will the viewers forgive him and allow him a second chance?
We all know that the news media only tells us what they want us to know. Also, depending on who pays their salaries and where their political affiliations lie dictates what they tell us.
The truth doesn’t matter, it is who told it to you that matters the most in their eyes.
Brian Williams didn’t want us to know the truth. He only wanted us to hear how his life was in danger, and how he came dangerously close to getting killed.
In the military, they call that “theft of valor.”
That would have made Brian Williams in most viewer’s eyes one of the most revered war correspondents of all time. And a hero, sort of and for a few years anyway, which is self-promotion in its lowest form.
But now we all know the truth. Brian Williams lied to us. Maybe he didn’t mean to and maybe he felt that because he was the first reporter on the scene that he had journalistic license to contort the facts.
And that makes Brian Williams a dishonest journalist, and for NBC – a news rating liability.
NBC needs to fire Brian Williams immediately.
The public doesn’t need another journalist who thinks that their ego and fame is more important than the truth.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.