The Brian Williams Brouhaha: Lies, Money and Media Hypocrisy
NBC News anchor Brian Williams is laying low for a while, hoping that an internal probe won’t unearth more of his “misremembered” stories.
Bigwigs at NBC are furious that their $10-million-a-year “NBC Nightly News” gatekeeper has tarnished the organization’s “credibility” with at least two stories. Williams said he was in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003 that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. And he said he saw a body or bodies float by his gang-ravaged French Quarter hotel in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Iraq War veterans and New Orleans emergency officials have called Williams out on both counts, totally disputing Williams’ accounts.
Leid Stories in a commentary dissects the brouhaha over Williams, which provides an excellent opportunity to explore the real issue here: Brian Williams’ lies pale in comparison to the lies routinely told by NBC and corporate media in general.
The corporate media, however, don’t have a monopoly on lies, warns Leid Stories.