Brian Williams, the dethroned NBC News anchor, stole Dan Rather’s ethics. You’ll recall that Rather, CBS News talking head, fabricated a story about George Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard in 2004 with the intention of throwing the election to John Kerry. That got him removed from CBS and got his producer, Mary Mapes, sacked.
Brian Williams is cut from the same bolt of cloth. The only difference is that Williams is not trying to overthrow a President, he’s trying to keep one in office.
The major news outlets are tilted Democratic, we all know that, and no matter how much they protest, it’s true. Case in point today from New York Magazine, not exactly an offshoot of The Right Curmudgeon. The story, (Actually) True War Stories at NBC News is about the trials and tribulations of NBC, and the Brian Williams bombshell is buried three-quarters of the way through the story.
The crisis exposed deep-rooted anger among many NBC journalists, who felt frustrated that Williams had been allowed to gain so much power. In recent years, the anchor had churned through executive producers who challenged him.
Others complained about Williams’s unwillingness to go after hard-hitting stories. Multiple sources told me that former NBC investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Lisa Myers battled with Williams over stories. In February 2013, Isikoff failed to interest Williams in a piece about a confidential Justice Department memo that justified killing American citizens with drones. He instead broke the story on Rachel Maddow.
Please note that Rachel Maddow is a far left nutcase who attracts about 150 viewers per show on MSNBC, a widely recognized outlet for DNC and Obama administration press releases. Rachel Maddow and the Obama flacks at Nutcase News aired the story. Brian Williams wouldn’t. But, as they say on the infomercial, There’s More!
That October, Myers couldn’t get Williams to air a segment about how the White House knew as far back as 2010 that some people would lose their insurance policies under Obamacare. Frustrated, Myers posted the article on NBC’s website, where it immediately went viral.
Williams had a good reason though.
“He didn’t want to put stories on the air that would be divisive,” a senior NBC journalist told me.
NBC was paying Brian Williams $10 million a year to not be divisive? We thought he was getting paid to report the news.
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