WASHINGTON. Do you remember news reader Brian Williams? In 2015, he was the most watched talking head on broadcast news. That is, until he destroyed his career and threatened the credibility of the network for which he works – NBC News.
You see, he claimed that in 2003, he was aboard a Chinook helicopter in the skies over Iraq when it came under rocket and small-arms fire. It’s clear Williams told the tale to tout his unruffled, journalistic intrepidity under fire.
There was just one problem. It never happened.
But having a recently new contract with NBC just prior to his credibility problems, the “Peacock Network” was stuck with him. And so, NBC’s corporate leaders banished Williams to its little-viewed clown car of a cable news network, MSNBC.
So, what does MSNBC get from Williams after paying him an estimated $10 million annually? Not much.
With Trump/Russia collusion having been exposed as a hoax by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recently released report, Williams, like the rest of his media fellows, scrambled to salvage the tattered remains of his credibility.
Trump lawyer schools dense media fool
To that end, Williams invited attorney Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, for an on-camera interview. The subject: Attorney General William Barr’s Thursday press conference announcing the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.
“My first question, I’m afraid, is going to verge on, ah, plain English. Where did the Attorney General get off with that characterization this morning, including four mentions, that there was no collusion? What document was he reading, compared to the one we’re left with?”
“Well, page two of the document says, ‘The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.’ So, it’s right from the document itself.”
“Have you read Part I?”
“I have read Part I and Part II.”
“You find good news in here for the president and the administration?”
“Page 181, ‘The investigation did not establish that the contacts described in Volume I,’ that’s the Russian contact, ‘amounted to an agreement to commit any substantive violation of federal criminal law- including foreign-influence and campaign-finance laws.’ Yeah, I think it’s a very good win.”
Jay Sekulow’s words proved as explosive as a shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile. One designed to target a Chinook helicopter with the name “Russia collusion” written across its fuselage. The gasbags of the media look increasingly foolish the more they pretend to be honest and unbiased brokers of news while continuing to parrot implausible Democratic talking points.
Münchhausen by media proxy
They sound increasingly like Baron von Münchhausen, famous for telling tales that exaggerated, like Brian Williams, his exploits in war. Münchhausen’s after-dinner yarns became the talk of 18th century Europe, which author Rudolph Erich Raspe capitalized on in several fictionalized tomes.
In her book “Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder,” author Sarah Kareem writes:
“Raspe’s 1785 baron instigates, rather than invites, ridicule. Diagnosing the English public as pathologically credulous, the baron prescribes illusionism as a remedy for political delusion.”
But here in modern America, it’s journalists, not the public, who embrace both illusionism and political delusion.
Top Images: Brian Williams and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. MSNBC screen captures.