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Brian Williams admits to lie on national television

By Miranda Wagner, Columnist

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Recently, Brian Williams admitted to a lie he had conjured in 2003. Over the course of the years, his comments had dug him deeper and deeper into that lie. What does that say about his credibility or NBC News for that matter? Brian Williams was the top news anchor for NBC News, well known in households across America as well as a respected anchor in his field. Williams had first stated through that his helicopter was shot down through RPG fire over a dozen years ago and had admitted to his fabricated lie stating that he was in the following helicopter landing safely and ending up in the midst of a desert storm.

For NBC News, the impact of this lie is irreconcilable forcing them into suspending William’s airtime. In an interview on Fox News focusing in on this topic, Howard Kurtz, host of media buzz, stated that, “It’s very hard to fathom how an anchor of Brian William’s stature and experience could tell this false story and it’s creating a credibility crisis for NBC News. He was right to apologize after some Army Veterans told the “Stars and Stripes,” newspaper that he was not on the chopper that was hit. The difficult thing here is that he is blaming the fog of memory and conflicting two events. You’re on a helicopter hit by rocket-propelled grenade and is forced to land. I would think you would never forget that.”

Is that what it takes for someone to admit they have been tending to a lie for over a decade; Army Veterans calling your bluff? Where was this apology years ago and why did it take something of this magnitude to bring forth a well over-due apology to the nation? Every night, families around the country tune in to hear what events are taking place in the world. Yes, it is naïve to believe everything we see on the news. But don’t we hope as citizens of a free, independent country hold out the hope that anchors that are held in such high-regard are presenting accurate information? For NBC News, the impact of this blow to their credibility will be a long road to regaining the trust of fellow Americans.

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