WASHINGTON, February 6, 2015 — NBC News anchor Brian Williams admitted he ginned up his heroic exploits as a war correspondent. Back in 2003, Williams claimed he was aboard a U.S. military helicopter over Iraq when it came under enemy fire.
According to Williams, the “terrible moment” came “when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG [Rocket Propelled Grenade].”
“The NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire,” the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported. “Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.”
Lefty director Michael Moore contends he’s been living in fear for a decade since the 84-year-old Clint Eastwood made a joke about shooting him. Moore also said U.S. military snipers, like the subject of Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated film American Sniper, are “cowards.”
“Snipers aren’t heroes,” Moore continued, “and [U.S. Iraq] invaders are worse,” said Moore, referring to the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Moore and Williams see themselves as heroes. And to qualify for that status these days one need only be a “victim”… if only in one’s mind. It is central to the left’s culture of whiny grievance.
The left’s societal transmitters, Hollywood and network news readers, celebrate the anti-hero as the ideal, whether it’s a sniveling, adolescent conjurer in the form of Harry Potter or a shoplifting thug that dies charging a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Both are “victims” carried down the irresistible, torrent of injustice fabricated by an evil magician or “The Man.”
Both are victims. Both are heroes.
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The traits expressed by many of these “heroes” are known in psychology as the Dark Triad: Narcissism, which is comprised of pride, egotism and a lack of empathy; Machiavellianism, made up of the exploitation of others and a cynical disregard for morality, with a focus on self-interest; Psychopathy, characterized by antisocial behavior, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness and remorselessness.
The Moore and William’s brand of “heroism” is not expressed through external action, but are self-congratulatory echoes reverberating off the canyon walls withing their tiny minds.
That means the new hero is not defined by his noble exploits, but by his imagined monsters.
“The figure of the tyrant-monster is known to the mythologies, folk traditions, legends, and even nightmares of the world,” wrote Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. “He is the hoarder of the general benefit. He is the monster avid for the greedy rights of ‘my and mine’… Wherever he sets his hand there is a cry (if not from the housetops, them – more miserably – within every heart): a cry for the redeeming hero, the carrier of the shining blade, whose blow, whose touch, whose existence will liberate the land.”
Like a group of primitives gathered around a campfire, the left concocts elaborate myths to sustain them against the imagined terrors of the forest, which are their own shadows cast on the surrounding wilderness. It is against these undulating silhouettes they point their dull, wooden swords and shout their shrill, infantile slogans.
However, nothing quite snaps them out of their imaginary hero quest like the presence of a real, well, hero.
This triggers two reactions. First, like Moore they deny the rugged heroism of a man whose actions saved fellow Marines by ending the lives of Al-Qaeda fighters and Saddam Hussein’s dead-enders in Iraq.
“100 years from now,” Moore told the vagrants and debt-ridden, unemployed college graduates of Occupy Wall Street, “people will remember that you came down to this plaza and started this movement… It had to happen somewhere, it might as well be here.”
“Here” was New York City’s Zucotti Park, which sits a stone’s throw from St. Paul’s Chapel. That is where members of a new U.S. Congress and President George Washington worshipped on the first inauguration day in 1789; where tired New York emergency workers came to rest after long hours sifting through the rubble of the Twin Towers for the remains of the victims of 9/11.
But in Moore’s fevered imagination, we will forever remember the spot where Occupy Streeters stood and demanded their government subsidize adolescent shiftlessness beyond the college dorm.
Heroes one and all.
But then the Chris Kyle story hit movie screens across the nation and ruined everything for our dumbed-down culture’s dumbed-down heroes. It distracted from the narrative that placed the mantle of hero on such worthies as the New York City demonstrators who chanted, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”
The second reaction is that of Brian Williams. His tact was to insert himself into a harrowing war story of real heroes. A party crasher to glory, as it were.
It’s hard to have real heroes when your ideology rests on a foundation of childish narcissism.