Readers at this site know that I called for the head of Brian Williams after he insulted veterans everywhere with his flight of fantasy about being in combat when in reality he was just a spectator far from the danger. I still believe that Brian Williams and everyone else at NBS who knew he was lying—and I suspect there are plenty of those—should be shown the door permanently. In fact, why not just close down NBC’s entire news division and good riddance. Having made my views clear, I now want to suggest that unwittingly Brian Williams has done conservatives everywhere a favor. Before you conclude that I have—in the words of Margaret Thatcher—gone “wobbly” on liberals, let me explain.
Because Brain Williams got caught up in his own web of deceit, there is now one less liberal commentator among the army of them employed by the mainstream media. Admittedly this is a very small step in the right direction, but it is a step nonetheless. But Williams’ perfidy did more than just undermine the credibility of NBC, it undercut the credibility of all three of the major broadcast networks—liberal bulwarks of the mainstream media. A review of the impact Williams’ imitation of Walter Mitty has had on NBC, CBS, and ABC is revealing:
- Viewership for NBC Nightly News dropped by 36 percent in the aftermath of Williams’ half-hearted apology for lying.
- Viewership for CBS dropped by 17 percent.
- Viewership for ABC dropped 16 percent.
- A Rasmussen poll found that 40 percent of Americans are now less likely to believe what they hear reported on NBC Nightly News.
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