by: Gwin Johnston | stored in: media

First, he’s the reader of the news on NBC.  They give him assignments to burnish his image and thus the status of the news on NBC.  Second, he lied about his helicopter “ride” in 2003.  He says he misremembered.  Was anyone killed?  Was anyone injured in this helicopter incident?

No, they weren’t.  Brian Williams is a celebrity by virtue of his job.  NBC was probably right when they took him off the air for 6 months.  It’s a big deal in public relations circles, but I think Brian Williams and NBC will recover.  Why?  Because the American public has a very short memory.  Of course, this will be aided by journalists with other networks or newspapers.  I say, who cares?

2 Responses to “Does Brian Williams really matter?”

  1. Lance Thomas Says:

    I like Brian Williams. He made a mistake. He apologized for the mistake. I often think, “there, but for the grace of God, go I” in these matters as I’m sure I have told some tales of exploits of my own which may have grown more colorful over time.

    That said, I think the sadder departure yesterday was the announcement by Jon Stewart that he will be leaving the Daily Show. Now, if there’s a guy who’s changed news and made news more culturally relevant in the last 20 years than Mr. Stewart, I don’t know him/her.

  2. Lee Hicks Says:

    I think Maureen Dowd (always acerbic) frames this well-
    from her column in NYT:
    Social media — the genre that helped make the TV evening news irrelevant by showing us that we don’t need someone to tell us every night what happened that day — was gutting the institution further.

    Although Williams’s determination to wrap himself in others’ valor is indefensible, it seems almost redundant to gnaw on his bones, given the fact that the Internet has already taken down a much larger target: the long-ingrained automatic impulse to turn on the TV when news happens.

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