Let me stipulate at the outset here that I don’t think Brian Williams should be reinstated as anchor of NBC Nightly News. His infamous prevarications have dealt a mortal blow to his trustworthiness.


But let me also point out that I think none of Williams’ sins are as bad as the crap Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel has been peddling.


HERE‘s the story:


[I]t is Bill O’Reilly who is shown to have made incredibly misleading statements about putting his life on the line while reporting in “war zones.” In fact, many of the incidents O’Reilly uses again and again to illustrate his heroism turn out to be patently false, including a claim that he once saved the life of his photographer while the Argentinian army hunted them down.


(Snip)


His time in the Falklands is a story O’Reilly has repeated for years, but it turns out he wasn’t even in the war zone. It’s been well documented that hardly any journalists were allowed in remote war zone of the Falklands war. The fight between the British and Argentinian government took place in areas so far removed from civilization that accessing them was almost entirely under the control of the British military and they only allowed a couple dozen English journalists…


Unless O’Reilly is a secret Englishmen (Has anyone asked to see his birth certificate?), there is almost no way that he was in the thick of the fighting during the war.


Despite the legacy of lies, O’Reilly didn’t hesitate to lecture Williams and other reporters about “trust,” and used his show on many occasions to condemn “left-leaning” news media for “distortions,” citing Williams’ story as an example. The hypocrisy is comical.


However, the hypocrisy will likely only get worse in the ensuing fallout. While Fox News has been the biggest cheerleaders in the bashing of Brian Williams, it remains to be seen if they’ll even pretend to care that their star anchor just got caught pulling a similar, and possibly much more egregious, attempt to pad his war experience. Say what you will about Brian Williams, but at least he was in the area that fighting was happening.


Let me stipulate at the outset here that I don’t think Brian Williams should be reinstated as anchor of NBC Nightly News. His infamous prevarications have dealt a mortal blow to his trustworthiness.

But let me also point out that I think none of Williams’ sins are as bad as the crap Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel has been peddling.

HERE‘s the story:

[I]t is Bill O’Reilly who is shown to have made incredibly misleading statements about putting his life on the line while reporting in “war zones.” In fact, many of the incidents O’Reilly uses again and again to illustrate his heroism turn out to be patently false, including a claim that he once saved the life of his photographer while the Argentinian army hunted them down.

(Snip)

His time in the Falklands is a story O’Reilly has repeated for years, but it turns out he wasn’t even in the war zone. It’s been well documented that hardly any journalists were allowed in remote war zone of the Falklands war. The fight between the British and Argentinian government took place in areas so far removed from civilization that accessing them was almost entirely under the control of the British military and they only allowed a couple dozen English journalists…

Unless O’Reilly is a secret Englishmen (Has anyone asked to see his birth certificate?), there is almost no way that he was in the thick of the fighting during the war.

Despite the legacy of lies, O’Reilly didn’t hesitate to lecture Williams and other reporters about “trust,” and used his show on many occasions to condemn “left-leaning” news media for “distortions,” citing Williams’ story as an example. The hypocrisy is comical.

However, the hypocrisy will likely only get worse in the ensuing fallout. While Fox News has been the biggest cheerleaders in the bashing of Brian Williams, it remains to be seen if they’ll even pretend to care that their star anchor just got caught pulling a similar, and possibly much more egregious, attempt to pad his war experience. Say what you will about Brian Williams, but at least he was in the area that fighting was happening.