Oops, here’s NBC’s Brian Williams on the David Letterman Show (2013) “misremembering”
not being shot down in Iraq ten years after he said he was (but he wasn’t) (see link above):
February 4, 2015 at 7:50 PM
NBC’s Brian Williams (Image via Wikipedia.org)
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams himself repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.
“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
Williams and his NBC camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook that took no fire but landed, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.
“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” Miller said Wednesday.
So, apparently Williams and NBC have been promulgating this “misremembered” event since 2003 and only today did Williams confess he’d “misremembered” it? You don’t “misremember” whether or not your helicopter was shot down by an RPG. Either it wasn’t or you lied and said it was. “Misremember” my ass.
February 4, 2015 at 5:43 PM
Take MSNBC’s Labor Day quiz:
What color not to wear after Labor Day wins.
The move to dumb down education in the U.S. is a success! Yippee. The corporatocracy is cheering!
August 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM
David Gregory’s first day off the job as host of NBC’s Meet the Press was today. He has reportedly been paid $4 million in hush money and to go quietly into the night.
(Image via David Gregory on Twitter)
On the show today Andrea Mitchell highlighted some of the ahem, so-called “highlights” of Gregory’s seven year stint at MTP but it was painful because really, there weren’t any highlights:
As you may be aware, David Gregory’s final show as moderator of Meet the Press was last Sunday. Meet the Press makes a lot of history. And a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008.
Vice President Joe Biden made front-page news when he got ahead of the president in 2012 and embraced gay marriage.
And an important moment of the 2012 presidential primary, when David moderated a GOP debate live on a Sunday morning just two days before the New Hampshire primary. Then there was David’s landmark interview in Afghanistan, 2010 with General David Petraeus, after he took command of U.S. and NATO forces.
Seven years and that’s all they could come up with to summarize Gregory’s tenure.
SMDH. What a waste of everyone’s time except Gregory’s. He’s the big winner here…to the tune of that $4 million.
August 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM
I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.
Aye yie yie. I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH. Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:
(Image via Wikimedia)
When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.
Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.
But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.
So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.
If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster. But, voila, here we are.
That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.
August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will reunite to cover the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
The two former Olympic figure skaters plan to cover fashion May 2 at the Kentucky Oaks and May 3 at the Kentucky Derby. NBC will begin live coverage from Churchill Downs on April 30.
Really? Man-oh-man. Is this indicative of what the corporate media thinks is important or what?
What the Kentucky Derby means to me is fragile horses whose bodies can’t hold their own weight and who are bred to make money for their owners. I can’t stand the thought of watching another horse shatter his or her leg.
Not to be Debbie Downer but yo, NBC, how about devoting four days (or even four hours) to food banks being swamped with clients due to the “Great Recession” and people who aren’t in need being so squeezed they can’t afford to donate a can or two of food?
Aaaah! Can you hear me screaming now?
April 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM
Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.
It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:
In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.
The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?” Wow. Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.
They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.
March 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM