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Sgt. Brian's Lonely Hearts Club

I emerged from a map minutes ago, and the first thing Sherry said was that Brian Williams is taking a leave from his NBC nightly newscast.

In my opinion this is more than appropriate, because he seems to be prone to taking leave of his senses.


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Feb. 8th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
Brian Williams has sinned, he has violated the cardinal tenet of the Fourth Estate, he has lost his credibility. Mr. Williams has shown everyone on a global stage that he is human, his tragic flaw was to be untrue to his consuming public and most importantly to himself. As I look at him, I see that like every other idol, icon, musician, athlete…etc. We have made him too big to fail.
When two major league baseball players’ slug home runs, the fans set them on a pedestal, the owners greedily count their take at the gate, and when steroid use is found, the players are tainted. The consuming public never learns, we have to create heroes and we have to be devastated when they fail. There should be redemption somewhere for Brian Williams. While his star has gone supernova, there should be more than just a black hole left-Holiday
Feb. 8th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
There's a big difference between Brian Williams and juice-jacked baseball players like Barry Bonds. Barry Bonds is an entertainment figure—a diversion. He hits a home run. We marvel at how far the balls travels. The game ends. Life resumes.

However, Williams had a much different relationship: conveying information that viewers either sensed or knew had an impact on their lives. Granted, he's a news reader, not a reporter, and in that sense he's an entertainers of sorts. But credibility still was his most important asset, and he squandered it—and for what? He wasn't pulled from his pedestal. He jumped.
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
There was no need or reason for him to fabricate the facts other than ego, and I'm not buying the bullshit excuse that his "false memories" have reasonable explanations.

Feb. 11th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
He's a newsman—or at least he used to play one on TV—and as such should have been immersed in his stories deeply enough to remember them. If Ed Murrow were alive today, he already would have tracked Williams down and punched his lights out.

I see Williams has been suspended six months by NBC. I also see Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. Coincidence?

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