Ain’t this some bullshit. The US government lies to us every day with impunity, but Brian Williams does it on NBC News and he’s suspended for 6 months without pay and vilified by the American people for being a liar and making a mockery of journalistic integrity. I mean, is he a liar who made a mockery of journalistic integrity? Sure. But at the end of the day, him lying about being shot in a helicopter in Iraq doesn’t affect our day-to-day lives, while the people in political office are responsible for countless deaths and injustices and yet there they sit, comfy, seen as heroes (at least in their own eyes).
Anyhoo… Brian Williams is out at NBC News for a few months. He made up a bunch of tall tales over the years – for what reason, no one is really sure. Probably to seem cool and important, I’m sure. Here’s the scoop from TMZ:
NBC released a harsh statement, saying, “Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate.”
The suspension is immediate and without pay. Lester Holt will continue substituting for Williams.
In making the decision to suspend and not fire Williams, NBC News honcho Deborah Turness said they considered the good work Williams did for 22 years.
Now, don’t get me wrong – Williams should absolutely be punished and this is more than fair, 100%. Frankly, if he’s capable of lying about inconsequential stuff like this, what else has he lied about in his time? I don’t really trust him as a reporter anymore (not that I ever placed any particular trust in him, just that we should be able to trust our reporters to provide unbiased and honest coverage). My point is that this has been front page news day in, day out since the story broke that he’s a liar, while actual bigger, more important issues are swept under the rug. Just seems a bit ridiculous.