“Get your facts first, and then you can distort ’em as much as you please.” —Mark Twain
Williams Is Caught in a Lie
Brian Williams’ problems are only going to get worse in coming days. The “Jonathan Gruber Effect” has now come to the forefront in the Williams Scandal, in that everybody is now on the hunt for wrongly reported Williams news stories to add to his untrue account of being fired upon while riding in a military chopper in Iraq. After the initial outing of Williams’ falsehood in Stars and Stripes, as well as Williams’ follow-up lie in his public apology, matters began to devolve.
NBC’s Response to Getting Caught
In an effort to stanch the bleeding, so to speak, NBC has chosen to cauterize Williams’ self-inflicted wound by announcing a six-month sabbatical, without pay, for Williams. They are hoping that this will kill any interest in ferreting out still more of his false reportage.
Lies, Lies, and More Lies
Right after Williams had apologized for his dishonesty, it was pointed out that the apology itself contained a lie. In following days, some real whoppers surfaced: dead people floating face-down, where there was no flood water to float in; criminal gangs running rampant through a carefully policed luxury hotel, wherein no gang activity had been reported to authorities or even the hotel management; illness from floodwater-borne dysentery, where not a single case was ever reported—by Williams or by anyone else; canine rescues, with changing numbers of dogs on each repetition of the story; and terrorist missile launches against a helicopter Williams flew in while on assignment in Israel, that came closer to their target upon each recounting of the tale.
So, does it really matter whether or not Brian Williams keeps his job as the head of NBC News? I suppose on some level, we want it to matter. It would, indeed, be comforting to many of us for NBC News to reaffirm the principle that people cannot do wrong and go unpunished.
But here is the problem: The entire NBC News organization is corrupt. All of the so-called “journalists” working for NBC News report narratives that are inaccurate or untrue on a regular basis, in furtherance of a left-wing, statist political agenda. In fact, it is not only NBC that is guilty of this: ABC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, the L.A. Times, and the Washington Post—to name only the most prominent players—are all in the game of acting as the full-time propaganda wing of an increasingly fascistic* Democrat Party these days. Brian Williams is only a symptom of this dreadfully dishonest culture, not the cause. So, while we might like seeing him replaced, doing so will not cure the disease which has taken hold of the left-wing media.
Williams will ultimately have to be replaced. But the reason for doing so will be to buy back credibility in the minds of those who are enough out of touch that they might be easily conned into thinking that Williams’ departure will make NBC News “safe viewing” once again.
It was not too long ago that NBC News, in formulating its narrative of the Trayvon Martin story, ran an edited 9-1-1 call to make George Zimmerman—who killed Martin in self-defense—look like a racist, when his unedited remarks were not racist at all!
Here is the version of the 9-1-1 tape that NBC edited to make Zimmerman seem like a racist, as it was broadcast to the world on the Today Show to a large viewing audience:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. . . . He looks black.”
Here are Zimmerman’s unaltered comments:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining, and he’s just walking around, looking about.”
Officer: “Okay, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”
Brian Williams, as head of NBC News, had to know that this tape was being edited and had to have approved the counterfeit version before it aired. So, either he proposed editing the tape, and others went along with his suggestion; or others suggested the edit, and Williams went along. And how many others at NBC news knew of the dishonesty in Williams’ helicopter story? There were likely more than a few. The point is that replacing Williams will not necessarily mean that there will be much change in the NBC culture of corruption that has so firmly taken root. Much more likely, it will only mean that NBC is buying back some credibility in order to continue putting out the lies and propaganda it is wont to disseminate. And the liberal propaganda will continue, unabated.
There Is Always Hope
We can always hope that the viewing public—after experiencing such blatant malfeasance—will wake up to the fact that they are watching a corrupt news culture, these days, that used to demonstrate only a left-leaning bias, but which has shown evidence in recent years of manifesting an active animus against any and all people who disagree with their progressivist notions.
The Most Honest Thing
The ongoing demonization of conservatives by mainstream media outlets, and their willingness to ignore liberal targeting of conservative dissenters by government institutions, will not stop just because Brian Williams ends up being replaced.
In a sense, it might actually be the most honest thing NBC could do to keep Williams as anchor of their news division. That would be quite refreshing, actually. For at least no one would be able to say that NBC did not believe in truth in advertising.
*Fascism is a method of societal organization in which a dictatorial ruler controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government; property may be privately owned, but its use is tightly regulated by the state, which is characteristic of this kind of left-wing, totalitarian socialism.