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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Brian Williams Issues Apology for "Mistake" (AKA "LIE")

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Brian Williams, NBC News reader darling, has committed the holy grail of TV journalism; he has been sought flat-out lying (replete with all levels of machismo) about a harrowing helicopter downing in Iraq.  In 2013. Williams joined David Letterman and laid this egg.

Soldiers and airman who either staffed or accompanied the flotilla of four copters across Iraq, either missed the 2013 "lie" or they let the lie slide by thinking not worth the hassle. As is frequently the case when a lie goes unchallenged, the perpetrator takes the lie to another level (hence the likes of Rand Paul). The highly compensated Williams is no exception.

Last fall, Williams renewed his seat as the news anchor of American television and proudly flaunted around with camera ablaze relishing in the glory of Top .00001 (er) compensation status.

NBC's Brian Williams Signs New Long-Term Deal With Network

News anchor to get a reported $10 million plus a year for at least five more years.

It's a good day to be Brian Williams. Not only has the anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" had his job for ten years and attracted more than 9 million viewers a night, but he's set to sign a new long-term deal to continue his duties, according to the Los Angeles Times. That includes a compensation package reputed to be more than $10 million a year. 
"It's probably time I admit that I am a one-trick pony," the 55-year-old Williams told the paper. "I am, I think, designed and put on this Earth to do what I'm doing now - and that is to eat, sleep and breathe nonfiction and the news going on in the world. And then at 6:30 every night I get to deliver it, and I get to hear from the audience, and I get to know them." 
"Brian is one of the most trusted journalists of our time," wrote NBC News president Deborah Turness in a staff memo, according to the New York Post. "He has led this organization through every major news event for the last decade, from Hurricane Katrina in his first year in the anchor chair to his exclusive interview with Edward Snowden this year, through elections, wars, natural disasters, tragedies and triumphs. In all of those cases he's taken viewers to the heart of the stories that matter most in a way that's uniquely his."
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The words and sentiment ;associated with Williams's re-up are astoundingly evident of the fallacy and lack of credibility of US new media. Of ;course, we should not blanket indict all media to the level of Williams lie, but it is obvious media has become entertainment. As indicated via the AOL Jobs link and except above, Williams is had at the level of opulent to read text while on camera. He is not journalist, but one would expect anyone earning $10 million per year over the course of his contract to live a life that supports the perception of credible.

While paying tribute to our heroes in uniform, Williams again laid the lie. The resultant backlash differs greatly from the no reactions in 2013.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on Wednesday recanted a story he and his network have long perpetuated about his helicopter being shot down while he was covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry,” Williams said.

When the story was posted on NBC’s Facebook page, one commenter called Williams out for fabricating the story.

When the story was posted on NBC's Facebook page, one commenter called Williams out for fabricating the story.

The lie also generated a barrage of Social media memes and coverage on every news network (and probably national print publication). If you want to see and read deep humor regarding William's lapse in veracity, check out this CNN link.

You know what comes next: the perfunctory apology for a flat out lie, serves my frequent posit that we are seeing so many apologizes these days, it is impossible to take the words seriously. Williams mentions the word "mistake." His words were clearly a lie without equal and should lead to disciplinary action from NBC Executive management.

The ever-present apology!

 Williams offered an apology during Wednesday’s Nightly News broadcast, saying he “bungled” the story.

Williams earns over $10 million per year to deliver news in front of a camera.  We should be able to rest in the comfort network news anchors work at a standard well beyond that of Fox News and Breibart News.

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