Oh Bri-Wi, say it ain't such B.S.
The downfall of Brian Williams reached a crescendo this weekend with the voluntary "temporary" departure of the NBC Nightly News anchor. While Comcast and NBC use this break to decide the final fate of the newscaster, the NYTimes has taken the opportunity to gather the damning footage of Mr. Williams digging himself a hole in the shifting Iraqi sands of his memory. What follows is a time-lapse of a man sealing his own fate over the course of more than a decade.
There is still the question of whether it was acceptable to say "the helicopter in front of us" in 2003, when apparently it was an hour ahead of Williams, but that kind of exaggeration is peanuts compared to claiming to have been in a Chinook that actually received RPG fire.
Remember better times: Brian Williams lays down a flawless cover of Snoop Dogg's "Who Am I?"
Sure, there were probably hundreds of incidents where Williams told the story at parties and dinners, adding a little bit each time, but watching the jarring switch from 2003 to 2013 really shows how much his tune changed. He probably would have gotten away with it, too, if he hadn't been so arrogant (or so honestly self-deluded) as to air a story about the pilot flying his helicopter being honored at Madison Square Garden.
The end result is painful to watch, unless you're one of the many who are enjoying this because one of the anchors of the corporate media who fell down on their reporting of Iraq in 2003 is getting punished, or simply because a member of the corporate-media-minus-Fox-News is in trouble.
Remember better times: Brian Williams announces his daughter will be playing Peter Pan like a very professional dad.
To think that, only a few weeks ago, we felt bad for Brian Williams because he had to watch his daughter Allison get her butt eaten on Girls and then stink up Peter Pan Live in front of the country. Now I imagine Allison feels worse watching TV than the relatives of the guy who did the actual butt-eating.