Brian Williams is the Victim?

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.

“American Sniper” Has Hell in Sights

What is hell’s heaviest toll on this earth?

An answer is suggested in the film American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort and his finest since Letters from Iwo Jima, a film that deals with similar themes.

American Sniper rules the U.S. box office, currently recording the highest gross revenues of any film in the country, as it has since its theatrical release. This is an exceptional feat for an R-rated film dealing head-on with the horror and brutality of war.

Eastwood’s is not the first major film to approach America’s ongoing military engagement in the Middle-East, however, it is one of the relative few to avoid symbolically and gratuitously slapping America in the face in the process, and, not coincidentally, one of the few to make good at the box office. One thing made clear is that American film goers do not want to be lectured by leftist elites about the ravages of war while Americans are still fighting in such a war and both soldiers and civilians continue to suffer and die.

Instead of gravitating toward the inherent politics of war, American Sniper holds to a compelling personal narrative, one with deep humanity and humility at its core; the main reason it is finding such a large audience. Eastwood’s narrative takes place within a vast, raging storm of human sacrifice, bearing compassionate witness to soldiers and civilians who, in times of war, occupy the vortex — perhaps hell’s heaviest, most compelling toll.