No, they can’t. Then again, it’s not as if NBC had any credibility to begin with.
If credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday.
The admission from Williams Wednesday that he lied about being in a Chinook helicopter that was hit by enemy fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is astonishing. And he only admitted the lie after being confronted with it by the military publication, “Stars and Stripes,” which has a well-documented reportand timeline showing his shifting version of events over the years.
His story kept shifting and last night he even made up more bullshit with his non-apology apology.
Nowhere in his “admission” does Williams say what he actually did: lied. Instead he says something “screwed up” in his “mind.” And it “caused” him to “conflate one aircraft with another.”
And this guy is the face of your news division?
Well, they also employ Al Sharpton, so there you go.
In addition to what he told “Stars and Stripes,” Williams also told his evening news audience Wednesday that he “made a mistake” in saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire. Some “mistake.”
Really, if this was 10 or 15 years ago, an anchor at any network would be gone by Friday after an admission of such deception — especially when it is placed alongside the sacrifices made and pains suffered by military personnel and their families.
How could you expect anyone who served in the military to ever see this guy onscreen again and not feel contempt? How could you expect anyone to believe he or the broadcast he leads has any credibility?
I wonder how the newsroom Williams is supposed to be leading will look at him tomorrow morning when he arrives for work.
I can’t wait to see how the feckless NBC News handles this nightmare.
They’ll ignore it, that’s how. By they way, his Iraq story isn’t the only bullshit tale he told.