A short take on the news media and Truth
I breathed in the smell of decay and rotting corpses filling the air as we boarded the chopper. Soon after take off the thundering sound of our Huey made communication all but nonexistent as the chopper skimmed within inches of the tree tops. With no moon out tonight we crisscrossed back and forth from rice paddy to jungle in total darkness. Then in an instant a blinding flash of light became a ball of fire as our chopper was hit and within seconds we were on the ground and running for our lives……..
It was at that moment that I woke up and realized I was ‘channeling’ the prime time news commentator Brian Williams and his televised lies about being in a helicopter in Iraq when it was shot down by enemy fire. This is the same national news anchor who millions of Americans rely on for their daily news about how well the administration is doing with regard to the national debt, unemployment and international relations. If he can tell half-truths about his ‘brush with death’ in Iraq on three national television shows how can we believe him about anything he says about our government?
How did he get away with telling that story for so long? Why didn’t anyone from the news team he was with come forward and call him on it? Why did it take a story in the ‘Stars and Stripes’ military newspaper to have him make a public apology that he lied?
I know it is cliché but I long for the days when the evening news
just reported facts not opinions
and reporting a lie would mean an end to your career.
**Stars & Stripes news article about Brian Williams