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  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm


  2. 36 amk for obama
    February 4, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    lmao @ saving private brian.

  3. 37 GGail
    February 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    So what did BriWi do to deserve this?

  4. February 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This makes me sad. I like BW, especially when he’s on the Daily Show. He’s got a great sense of humor.

    Wonder if the news director probably thought it would make a better story if BW told if from the First Person if you will, instead of being an hour behind the accident.

    And yikes, the interwebbies are harsh.

    • 51 GGail
      February 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Tell me how this came to be

    • February 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      I liked him too Tally, and started off almost feeling sorry for the guy today because this is a career-wrecker – or, it should be. But what the hell was he thinking? It’s bizarre – either madness or, well, madness. He just can’t expect to be taken seriously again.

      • February 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

        Or, that came from the news director, to make it more real in that it would be, “First Hand.”

        News broadcasters are just that. They broadcast the news. Their job is to be clear, likable, and believable.

        Broadcasters like BW don’t go out and GET or write the story, they read the teleprompter and make you understand the news their telling to the best of their ability on live television. It’s not an easy gig. You can’t grab the guy in the car crawling in traffic next to you, hand him a mic, sit him in front of a teleprompter and say – GO.

        Their copy is written for them. Yes, they go on location. Yes, they have harrowing experiences sometimes (not as much as the imbedded journos do), and live to tell the tale.

        No matter what Brian says in public, I don’t think this (bungle) was his alone.

        And if I had been in that experience 12 years ago, followed by two days of being stranded in a sandstorm, not knowing if you’ll be attacked at any second. I might have not remembered it clearly either.

        • February 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm

          “Broadcasters like BW don’t go out and GET or write the story, they read the teleprompter ….”

          But that’s the point, he was out there in Iraq in 2003, far from his teleprompter comfort zone (where he belongs), and the story was fabricated to make him look heroic and like a serious news journalist, which he is not. Whether or not it was NBC or him that created the lie, and then kept repeating it, he’s had 12 years to correct it – and he chose not to until he had no choice.

          The lie itself doesn’t matter a whole lot, it’s what it reveals about NBC and him – these people are meant to be friggin’ truth-seekers, but they stoop to these ridiculous levels? How can they be trusted?

          Williams, we now know, didn’t arrive until about an hour after the incident, so there is no excuse in the world for him to ‘mis-remember’ coming under fire, it’s laughable.

          • February 4, 2015 at 9:36 pm

            I agree. But television news lost all crediibility years ago when Reagan killed The Fairness Doctrine. Right around Bush v Gore is when it totally died… That was the final nail, if you will.

          • 57 GGail
            February 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm

            The comment from the guy named Joseph Miller is clearly telling the true events… (see TPM article)

    • February 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I agree that what happens on the web can be very harsh but I’m also sick and tired of so-called “journalists” doing very stupid stuff. As PBO would say, Don’t do stupid shit. And these people who get paid obscene amounts of money to exercise freedom of the press are doing a very, very, very bad job of it.

      • 59 amk for obama
        February 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

        And these people who get paid obscene amounts of money to exercise freedom of the press are doing a very, very, very bad job of it.

        egg.sack.lee. You had one fucking job.

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      February 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      This is unrelenting – a definite drawback of social media, I would say.

      • 61 amk for obama
        February 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

        No, it ain’t. Without the social media, his whopper would not have seen the light of the day. Look at tpm piece, where on vet says he has been trying to correct brian boy for years and got zero response.

        • February 4, 2015 at 9:16 pm

          That’s the thing, he’s been lying about this for years, he knew he was lying, but never corrected it – and made the claim again the other day! Jesus, if you got away with a whopper like that from years back, wouldn’t you just let it rest and not repeat it? Without Twitter/Facebook etc, he would have kept on lying and his viewers would have been none the wiser.

          What I’d love to know, what else has he lied about?

        • 65 vcprezofan2
          February 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm

          I think it only fair, right, and ‘professional’ that he be made to admit and apologize for his fabrication. I think it is a bit much for so many to dump on him when he’s down. To *me* we all err from time to time; there’s no need to stomp him into the dust after he’s been caught – just let him ‘pay the price’, learn something from it, and move on.

          • 66 amk for obama
            February 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

            sorry to disagree. His profession needs to be held up much, much higher standard. He wantonly lied and did the worst part, he covered it up. Isn’t the mantra of journalism, not the crime but the cover up that matters most?

            • 67 vcprezofan2
              February 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

              I agree with you that high professional standards (journalistic ethics) ought to mean something and ought to be upheld. I also agree that Williams ought to be held accountable. My uneasiness is with the glee and degree with which many seem to be poking fun at him being caught in a lie. He lied. It was unprofessional. He was caught. There should be a logical, meaningful consequence in addition to the apology. IMO, pillorying him mercilessly in social media is not it. Then again, I have always hated how hashtags are used generally.

  5. 80 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I really really want to know why he did this. Similar to Hillary’s being strafed by sniper fire at the airport it really makes NO sense to make this shit up. It’s one thing to tell exaggerate to your partner how much weight you loss. It’s another thing to literally BROADCAST some outrageous story on national tv that is going to be researched in seconds.

  6. 86 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  7. 88 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  8. 89 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  9. 90 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    // ………………………..

    First of all, he said this about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    Why did he start with a bus boycott? Why didn’t he start with something like schools, or jobs, or voting? Couldn’t a bus boycott come later?

    When you face an opponent over a broad front, you don’t aim at the opponent’s strong points. You aim for something a little off to the side. But you win it. And having won that bus boycott…13 months it took him to do it…then he moved on to other things.

    This struck me as incredibly powerful when I first heard it.

    …………………….. //


  10. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Even though I’d given up on Brian Williams like the rest of them for quite a while, I still feel badly about all this. At certain times, I used to think, “Well, at least we still have Brian Williams … he’s one guy who is still standing.” I respected him almost as much as I did Peter Jennings, when he was around (okay, there was that one condescending little “shut up” from Peter to Barbara Walters on air that had started to turn me around, but at least I felt he was trying to get at the truth in news).

    Brian just needs to hit the NBC staff refrigerator, steal a few sandwiches, go home, call in sick tomorrow, and hang with David Letterman in retirement. He’s toast (like the sandwiches).

    • February 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      To be fair, Barbara Walters always made me want to say “Shut up!” too, so I can’t criticize him for that.

      • 93 jacquelineoboomer
        February 4, 2015 at 11:02 pm

        Oh, I get you. Barbara Walters has definitely stayed too late at the parade. Years ago, before she truly showed her colors and her lack of a personal core that I could ever embrace, she struggled to be a “news” (rather than society page) woman reporter in “a man’s world.” When Peter used to cut her off (and not other men) on air and beyond, it was an affront to all women who went through the same decades in the workplace – to include during the women’s movement of the ’70s – as Barbara had, who fought to not merely be looked upon as “the girl in the office who gets the coffee.” My empathy was with those women, not her – because once she climbed the ladder, she was just as vindictive as the late Peter Jennings. To this day, I still say shame on him … and in my comment I should have added and her!

  11. 95 amk for obama
    February 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    now is the time to pull out the get a brian, you moran photo?

  12. 96 GGail
    February 4, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This will seriously damage his credibility

  13. 97 desertflower
    February 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    They ALL lie for their masters….bought and paid for mouthpieces for the .1% that wants you to hear certain things, in a certain way, at a certain time….the fact that this is only coming to light now, is Exhibit A as to how long, deep, wide the liars will go to prop themselves up or tell a tale the way they want it heard…regardless of the truth. Really a sad and sorry state of affairs…and IMO, the main reason that most of America is dumber than a box of rocks. They have let down an entire democracy.

  14. 103 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

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  16. 105 desertflower
    February 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I have always taught my kids and I live by this myself…”Character is what you do when no one is looking.” Sad to see this happen. NBC/MSNBC…you have a problem.

    • 106 99ts
      February 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Given the internet – maybe it should also be what you are doing when the world is watching – a lie so easily disproven ???

  17. 107 desertflower
    February 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    In other news…I think Sue Duvall had a little meltdown over Jesus on the last thread. Was she serious? Hard to tell sometimes…

  18. February 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I think we all crave honesty.

  19. 115 PrayerWarriorforObama
    February 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    When Brian Williams projected that President Obama was re-elected to a second term in office on the night of the 2012 elections, he and Chuck Todd lamented woefully that there was no “what if”. Their disappointment at President Obama’s win was so strong they could not conceal it. What if Brian Williams practise true journalism and report that which is factual?

  20. 116 forus50
    February 4, 2015 at 9:28 pm

  21. February 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I hope other media folk are taking serious notes….this embellishing of stories for clicks, views, ratings etc is going too far..

    • 119 amk for obama
      February 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      No, they won’t. They’ll just paper it over and move on. Look at chuck toady and his ilk.

    • February 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      + 1,000,000,000 My biggest hope in all of this is that people won’t believe a damn word the media tell us any more. Some hope 🙄

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      I’m wondering if the next one outed will be Richard Engel. He’s so full of himself and his war reporting – I think he thinks he also knows more than President Obama how to “fix things.” If I’m watching and he shows up, I have to mute him.


  22. 129 desertflower
    February 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Night all…hubby home now. Must fall asleep first before snoring commences.

  23. 131 idon
    February 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    could not stop laughing at the #brianwilliamsmemories thank you for posting

  24. 133 jackiegrumbacher
    February 4, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Whatever anyone may think of Brian Williams, pulling these tweets together and creating the TOD ones was an act of brilliance. Great photo shopping, hilarious punchlines. You were really inspired, Chips.

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