In the past, Brian Williams was known for stretching the truth, to put it lightly. Especially when he created a story out of nothing that stated that he had been present in a barrage of rockets when he was reporting as a war correspondent and then went on to double down on the lies until he was forced to admit it was all false. He then promptly got the pink slip from NBC for his position as the anchor of “The Nightly News” off the air.
Williams, who has found a home at the sister station of MSNBC with a new late-evening show titled “11th Hour,” has suddenly come down with a horrible case of honesty this past Friday.
“I have always believed we should be more critical of ourselves,” stated Williams about the Media in general. “The press corps — the people we read and the people we see all day long on cable news — tend to live in blue dots. No-fault of their own — it’s where their employers are located. But it helps explain why the press corps largely was shocked at the rise of the Tea Party, shocked at the election of Donald Trump.”
“Out beyond the last exit for a Whole Foods, people have been listening to Steve Bannon and Trumpers have been running for town and city council and boards of ed, and this is happening in town after town across what is still a very red country,” stated Williams, seemingly in reference to the former Trump aide.
This prompted a response from the current guest at the time, Baratunde Thurston, who made note that Williams had not asked him a direct question but went on to must about Republican voters by stating that they voted Republican because they only feel fear in regards to racial issues.
A former anchor for NBC News, Williams was the central icon for a scandal that took place back in 2015. Williams put forth the claim that he was sitting in a helicopter that had been struck by a grenade while he was reporting in Iraq back in 2003. As the rest of the tale came to light, Williams read a statement on the nightly news that tried to apologize for his characterization of the incident.
“After a ground fire incident in the desert during the Iraq war invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” he stated. “It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft. . . . This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and, by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not.”