Is Brian Williams getting what he deserves? Or is he just a fall guy?
On the one hand, he got caught in a lie, after years of spinning his harrowing, untrue tale of being in a helicopter in Iraq, brought down by enemy ground fire. It was foolish of him to repeatedly, publicly and inaccurately embellish such a story. However, can you really blame the guy? After all, it’s the sort of thing he and others in the liberal media (a.k.a. the ‘mainstream media’) have done for decades, refusing to let inconvenient truths get in their way. In the liberal media universe, veracity has become subservient to narrative, such as:
… FDR got us out of the Great Depression … Watergate was about reining in a criminal president and had nothing to do with politics … Bill Clinton’s impeachment was about sex and had nothing to do with criminal behavior … Ronald Reagan’s economic policies had the rich get richer while the poor got poorer … Keynesian economics make sense and actually work … George W. Bush lied America into war with Iraq … Republicans have a War on Women … Barack Obama is a credible, centrist politician … Benghazi and the IRS are phony scandals … Grubergate?—never heard of it … NBC News is a credible source of journalistic integrity …
What Brian Williams had been doing — selling a convenient narrative, with little regard for truth — was par for the course. And no one at NBC News or anywhere else in the media establishment questioned him, until … BUMP! … some concerned veterans did question his false war story. A small floodgate opened and more of his untruths came rushing forth. His position as NBC’s lead anchor now appears untenable.
What about the larger credibility of the media establishment, in which Brian Williams has for so long been front and center, and which is now giving him the nudge? What about their dubious and corrupt political narrative? Any chance we’ll see a larger floodgate open up? Let us not hold our breath. In a media dominated culture such as ours, where news and information are filtered through a political sieve, truth and objectivity often get discarded – though some conveniently pretend otherwise.Follow @PolitiQuick