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Fire. His. Ass. Now.

Not a day goes by when I don't talk about respect, credibility and ethics with my journalism students.

This guy should be banished so far from broadcast news that he's reduced to making commercials for payday loans:



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Feb. 5th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
The same goes for our dishonest politicians. This story parallels Hillary Clinton and her tall tale.
Feb. 5th, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, we can fire them by voting them out of office. We know how well that works.
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
George Costanza, Seinfeld Character
"it's not a lie if you truly believe it!"
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Some really funny stuff is popping up on social media.

Not funny: the damage Williams has done to journalists' reputations, which already are not particularly high. This story really pisses me off.
Feb. 5th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Serenity NOW!
Feb. 5th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
I love the way he calls it a "mistake" and blames it on the "fog of memory" because it happened 12 years ago. I don't buy that. If someone shot at my ass, I'd remember it clearly. If I saw someone else's ass getting shot, I'd gratefully remember that it wasn't mine.
A lie and a mistake are not the same, and he can't "conflate" the two, no matter how hard he tries.
His non-pology lie was not convincing enough to erase the original lie. Worst of all, he apparently thinks we, the public, are gullible enough to accept it.

Feb. 6th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
I was on that chopper with Brian, and I suffered some bad shrapnel injuries to the face after we got hit. My multiple wounds were gushing blood, and I said to him, "OK, Williams. I guess I won't be replacing you as the news anchor after all."
Feb. 6th, 2015 03:57 am (UTC)
I suppose sixty years ago this would never have been uncovered. Now with 24/7 news coverage and the internet, it's much more difficult to maintain a lie.
Feb. 6th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Where was the mainstream media on this? Stars and Stripes, with an assist from Facebook, broke the story.

You're right: There are a lot fewer places to hide now than there were in the days of Murrow and Cronkite.
Feb. 6th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Cronkite and Murrow would never in a million years have thought to stoop so low. They reported the news and took pride in the job. The jerks these days think that because they report it they are somehow part of it and deserve celebrity as a result. It makes me sad because I thought Williams had separated himself from this and was different from the rest of today's hacks. T.C. is right - he is banking on gullibility with his double talk.
Feb. 6th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
One of the many questions raised by this fiasco is whether TV news anchors are journalists or merely readers.
Feb. 6th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Who knows how many of such stories exist about the current Ukraine conflict or about the Syria war...
Remember a journalist named Armbruster. Realistic sources never quoted anything of him, Tagesschau mentioned his name at least once a week as the situation in Syria wasn't all about you-know-what yet.
Anytime he came under fire, got wounded, heroically they attached an award to his chest, but since then you never heard of him again. You don't even know if that guy is still alive again (going out from his name being mentioned or not mentioned in mass media).
It was a few years ago, but since then notably the reports from Syria in the usual mass media have changed (all of a sudden).
Feb. 6th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
From what little I know, Armbruster seems like a ballsy reporter. I can't imagine a journalist from anywhere reporting from Syria. I didn't find any evidence that he's back at work as a journalist. But yeah, it's tough to report from a place you can't visit. You have to rely on what government officials tell you. Fortunately, government officials never lie.
Feb. 6th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Same that I figured.

There's not nessecarily a way to call it ballsy; I remember lots of videos, filmed from the "rebel" side, where you found reappearing outstanding figures which you found to (must) be some kind of spokesman. Even more, in between you also - not sometimes, but less often than "often" - found one or two people in between with a clearly Western clothing style. Also their looks, their faces, didn't look like those of residents from the Middle East - it more looked like Central European or North American ("North Americans" as they're called today also came from Europe).
Also, they didn't carry guns or military equipment. They really looked like journalists accompanying those troops.
Maybe that was the business he did... (Scholl-Latour could also accompany the troops that fought the Soviet army in Afghanistan.)
Feb. 7th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
Either way, I'd be looking over my shoulder all the time because you can't trust anybody during wartime (or any other time?) and because things can turn bad very quickly. It takes more guts than I have.
Feb. 7th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
As you say.
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