It is hard to see how NBC News anchor Brian Williams can survive in the network's anchor chair since the revelations that he lied about being in a helicopter in Iraq that was under fire in 2003. His credibility is totally in tatters since his admission that the tale he had been telling was untrue.
According to the New York Times:
For years, Brian Williams had been telling a story that wasn’t true. On Wednesday night, he took to his anchor chair on “NBC Nightly News” to apologize for misleading the public.
On Thursday, his real problems started.
A host of military veterans and pundits came forward on television and social media, challenging Mr. Williams’s assertion that he had simply made a mistake when he spoke, on several occasions, about having been in a United States military helicopter forced down by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003. Some went so far as to call for his resignation.
In his apology, Mr. Williams said that he had been on a different helicopter, behind the one that had sustained fire, and that he had inadvertently “conflated” the two. The explanation earned him not only widespread criticism on radio and TV talk shows, but widespread ridicule on Twitter, under the hashtag “#BrianWilliamsMisremembers.”This kind of reminds me of the problems that faced former CBS News anchor Dan Rather when he dragged his feet to admit documents about President George W. Bush were fake. He was jettisoned as news anchor as a result.
Now, other news stories that Williams reported on are under intense scrutiny.
Funny thing, my late mother did not like Brian Williams for some reason. Maybe she sensed something about him that this scandal only scratches the surface.
If NBC News is to regain any sort of trust and credibility, they have to fire Williams.
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