Did Brian Williams know he was lying?

Today I have heard several talking heads call Brian Williams a liar. Some said he should be fired. My question is did Williams really know he was lying? Who in their right mind would lie about something that so many people could readily dispute? So often when we tell a story over and over and year after year the story changes. Sometimes we don’t even notice we have embellished until someone who was there calls us on it and that is what happened to Williams he go called on it. Williams has told his version for so long that it has become his truth, but it really wasn’t.

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  • Bill  On February 6, 2015 at 1:49 am

    “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything” – Mark Twain

    Your assumption of Williams being in his right mind could be misplaced. It is very common for individuals who are routinely exalted, revered and enjoy celebrity status to become delusional.

  • elvagreen123  On February 6, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Used to be Mr. Williams story would be called a “tall tale”. I think we all get a little carried away sometime, even though saying you were in a shotdown helicopter when you were not is a bit much. Maybe he just wanted somehow to inject himself more into the drama, unconsciously. I don’t think he should be fired. I saw an old SF show on TV where a man told so many tall tales that some aliens came down and abducted him to study his brain cause they thought his stories were true, of course, they sent him back, and when he tried to tell his friends about the aliens they thought it was just another tall tale.

  • Spanish Inquisitor  On February 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Doesn’t matter if he knew. He’s in the business, and his credibility is based on trust, on complete openness and truth. Without it, he loses the trust of the people he’s asking to trust him. Not a good thing for a journalist. Knowing that, I’ll take what he says with a grain of salt, when he’s talking about his personal experiences.


    However, remember his job is essentially to read the news that others in a fairly reliable news organization write for him. So you can’t take the position that if his lips are moving, he’s lying like you would, say, with a Bill O’Reilly or a Sean Hannity…(Sorry, Bill, had to get my gratuitous FOX swipe in here somewhere).;-)

    …Or Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, or Michelle Bachmann … oh, wait, Michelle doesn’t lie. She actually believes the nonsense that she says….

    • Bill  On February 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      S.I. I’m disappointed to learn that one as erudite as you seems to not know the difference between hard news reporters, such as Brian Williams and editorial commentators which is what Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are. Their programs are based on opinions, theirs and their guest, of the news events of the day. William’s job is to objectively report the news events of the day without making himself part of the story.

      • Spanish Inquisitor  On February 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        Nice Bill. I’m surprised you still think Brian Williams is a reporter. He’s a news reader. He worked his way up through the ranks as a reporter to what is considered the pinnacle of reporting – and anchor on a major news network. But he’s not a reporter in the journalistic sense. Others dig out the news. He simply reads it off of a teleprompter. It pays well, or reporters wouldn’t strive to get his job.

        And I’m glad you understand what O’Reilly and Hannity do. If only all FOX viewers understood that.

  • Bill  On February 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Brian Williams: I Once Saved a Puppy from a Burning House

    When he first told the story in 2005 he said that he had saved two puppies. He seemed to have misremembered the details of this escapade as well.


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