A common problem with media these days is credibility. Not just the NBCs of the world, but also the Fox News Channel as well.
Why lump those two together? Because they are both businesses, and businesses are in business to make money. The better the show the better the ratings, the better the money rolling in! They aren’t the only two mind you. All groups in media have the same hurdle. Even us bloggers must be wary of falling pray to our desire to be read or well thought of, or perhaps even the accumulation of money side of things (money? not me, that’s for sure).
It is a very real hurdle that these news stations need to jump in order to be credible. And credibility lacks, for all of them, because nobody knows what’s real or what’s enhanced for ratings sake!
I’ve commented on this before, with how the media has presented the law enforcement/black community issues over the past year and beyond. All stations have sensationalized the situation adnauseum, in order to draw in their viewing audience. Then depending on the various political bent of the service, they present a skewed view, of an exaggerated size of the problem.
The truth seems a small thing, when ratings are on the line. Get a story, get it first, get it out, and win, win, win, at what seems like all costs. When towns burn up and people’s, manipulated passions erupt, all the better. Now there is more visually stimulating news to elicit more viewing pleasure!
There was a time when the news was at least, in theory, the conscience of society. Not anymore.
A great story was told this week on NBC, about Brian Williams and the troops that protected him in Iraq in 2003. It was an emotional event, especially for a specific troop, Tim Terpak, who was invited to the New York Rangers game, by Brian Williams, upon Williams learning of his retirement from 24 years of US Army service.
Congratulations Tim, and thank you for your service, God Bless You! He deserved every bit of adulation provided him by that crowd, NBC and Williams.
Today though I learned,
“The rest of the story”
I read a disturbing story regarding the event. It appears that some of what was celebrated at that game was just that, “a story”, “a tall tale”, a “flat out lie”. Not by Tim Terpak, he certainly deserves our praise and thanks, for all he has done.
This is the link to the Washington Post story, and all quotes following come from it.
No the issue that is disturbing is Brian Williams, anchorman for NBC and his foggy memory! The ever credible Brian Williams. He told, a tall tale, about the event which occurred a dozen years ago, which he and NBC, have reported as fact previously. A lie that has finally caught up to him.
“Williams has told the helicopter-under-fire story before. In a 2013 appearance on David Letterman’s talk show, he said, “Two of the four helicopters were hit, by ground fire, including the one I was in, RPG and AK-47.”
A somewhat ambiguous recounting appears in “Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Inside Story,” a book written by NBC Enterprises in 2003. That account has Williams in the helicopter and details such as the grenade round grazing a crewman’s face.”
Even in reporting this story, Williams makes it sound as if the Rangers just happened to notice him and Turpak, and spontaneously decide to thank Terpak. To spontaneously repeat the story of Williams’ luck on the damaged Chinook, which brought him into contact with Terpak originally, so he could be protected.
Would he falsify a story? Would he be concerned about viewers tuning in?
I don’t actually know. And neither do you, but I do have a question, why then? Please tell us why? Why would you tell a story with an obviously fabricated portion in it.
Wasn’t it enough that your television crew was in a dangerous area of Iraq, being protected by ground troops, until you could be removed? That sounds hair raising enough for me.
Was it necessary to add that,“your helicopter” was forced to land when “it” was hit by an RPG? Why add that falsehood? The only reason I can think of is it makes a better story. But it isn’t the truth, and therein lies the problem.
I wonder if he thought it could enhance his resume, and give him more credibility to report the news? Ironic, right? Tell a lie to enhance his credibility.
Telling lies catches up to you though, eventually, and so did this little white one.
“Lance Reynolds, the flight engineer on the Chinook that was hit, told Stars and Stripes: “It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I know how lucky I was to survive it. It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”
Reynolds told the newspaper that Williams and the NBC cameramen arrived in a helicopter 30 to 60 minutes after his damaged Chinook made a rolling landing at an Iraqi airfield and skidded off the runway into the desert.”
Lance Reynolds has every right to feel that way, and we in the viewing public have every right to feel duped.
Well Brian Williams issued an “apology”;
His apology is not an apology…. for lying, which he obviously did, it’s a mish mash of non-obtrusiveness! It wasn’t just a bungled attempt, to honor one, it was an attempt to honor two. One for what he truly deserves, in light of his service, Tim Terpak, and also Brian Williams, for his composure, falsely, under fire.
He seems to be trying to say he confused his helicopter with the one getting hit by an RPG, approx. 45 minutes earlier than his even came into the area.
How does he or anyone confuse that?
How and why, does he provide that story, for New York Rangers fans and the NBC viewing audience to digest, yet again, through the video they presented?
When confronted, why does he not say he lied?
Instead, he was mistaken, confused?
Yet he wants to be credible, to be believed about the issues he reports on every day?
How can he continue the misleading? Why would he continue the confused story? Why still fail to admit the aggrandisement (lie)?
He basically is saying,”I’m still lying, but I’m credible.” Or maybe he’s just incredible!
It was a nice story, but what was it all about, really?
I’m not sure, but can you think of any other reason he has said any of these things, perhaps done any of these things, but for rating’s sake?