You see, Brian has an uncontrollable penchant for embellishing the truth in a story. The man who is supposed to represent truth has been less than open and honest. Now that the story has broken and what a doozy it is, more and more is coming out. It’s not the sort of thing that gives credibility to a news organization, but NBC News lost that a long time ago.
So Brian Wilson claims he was aboard a combat helicopter in Iraq that took a hit from a ground fired RPG, forcing the pilot to land the craft by via crash landing. And if that isn’t enough, he claims his flight was far forward of the moving Americans and that they were consequently alone and defenseless, a story he told to other national media for some ten years.
I can imagine the outrage of military personnel who were aboard the same flight, probably now seething with anger knowing that this man was trying to paint himself as some kind of a brave hero with his bravado and a falsehood. And they kept silent because they knew how the press would try to find a way to blame the military for his comments, using them as a scapegoat as they frequently do. And besides, they were busy defending their country while Williams was running the circuit with his fictionalized account.
Now we are finding out that Williams’ truth problem was not limited to Iraq. It seems that another possibly even more outlandish story has surfaced about Williams during his coverage of the Katrina floods in New Orleans in 2005. On top of a claim that he was marooned in a five star hotel in the French Quarter with supposed rations approaching hard tack and water, he has added several more whoppers.
It seems that he saw the body of a man float by looking out his window at the streets below. He further claims that he had to be rescued from roaming gangs in the hotel by a brave police officer and, finally, he suffered terribly from dysentery from ingesting some of the water from the flood.
These claims have been shown to be false or, at the very least, highly inflated. First of all, the French Quarter is one of the few locations in New Orleans which did not flood other than a trickle in the streets. No reports of any form of gastroenteritis were reported by the New Orleans Health Department in the wake of the storm and while safety concerns were heightened by looting, he was never in direct danger from looters in any way.
Don’t you think that if a national news celebrity had fallen sick or in danger that the media would have made a big deal of it on the evening news? They didn’t because they knew it was untrue and NBC officials even warned Williams time and again to cease the fabrication. Yet he continued on, ignoring their pleas, a sad case of a man who thinks his self-importance is such that he’s above reproach.
It seems that Williams just likes to see himself at the center of attention and fancies himself as some kind of big, tough hero. Why didn’t he just volunteer for military service as a young man or, better yet for his profession, volunteer to be a war correspondent imbedded with combat troops? That way he could have been of service to the military by telling the world the story of their bravery.
No, Williams is just another mainstream, lazy glorified reporter. Sitting in his cushy digs in New York City, he at the same time wants you to think he is something special. Actually, folks, he is nothing more than an overly paid reader of the news.
And it’s not just Williams. The media today has lost its real focus on news and instead tries to create the news to support whatever cause they support. And since the overwhelming preponderance of television news personalities are really not reporters, they cover the sensational while the big stories of the day which detail liberal failure are avoided in deference to their progressivism.
Why do you think more and more people get their news from the internet and talk radio these days? It’s because they are looking for a variety of viewpoints upon which to base their decision. And while the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin certainly have a strong belief structure that is conservative in nature, they have no problem allowing others to offer their differing opinions because they are secure in their core.
They also have a sense of humor, make their shows interesting and they make it clear where they stand, unlike the media which tries to say it is unbiased while doing a horrible job of presenting the truth. And the liberal media elites are petrified by it, because they know deep down inside that at long last they have been figured out.
So Brian Williams needs to resign and rebuild his reputation. If not he should be fired, for no one should be representing himself as a spokesman for the truth in news who has his problem. But then again, this is NBC, the network that routinely slants news dramatically leftward and even hires such disgusting characters as Al Sharpton on its MSNBC brand.
Brian just needs to walk away from things, analyze his life and work on his character and then come back renewed in a different environment. People are very forgiving, but they don’t like people who won’t take responsibility for their transgressions. Get things together, Brian, suck it up and do what must be done and you’ll end up better for it. For as the Lord Jesus said so appropriately, “The truth will set you free”.