‘Liar’ journalist Brian Williams runs segment with Charlie Sykes on ‘Trump’s lying’
The former NBC anchor, Brian Williams, suspended for “misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” hosted an entire segment of his MSNBC show The 11th Hour on President Trump’s lying.
Williams had Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes on to discuss his piece in The New York Times entitled “Why Nobody Cares About Trump’s Lying.”
“The cumulative effect of the attacks [on the mainstream media] was to delegitimize those outlets and essentially destroy much of the right’s immunity to false information,” wrote Sykes. “We thought we were creating a savvier, more skeptical audience. Instead we opened the door for President Trump who found an audience that could be easily misled.”
The real danger is that, inundated with “alternative facts,” many voters will simply shrug, asking, “What is truth?” — and not wait for an answer.
In that world, the leader becomes the only reliable source of truth; a familiar phenomenon in an authoritarian state, but a radical departure from the norms of a democratic society. The battle over truth is now central to our politics.
Check out the video below.
The duo don’t seem to have pause over the incredible hypocrisy of Williams discussing truth and misrepresentation since his scandal is just a couple of years old.
Williams was suspended from NBC Nightly News as the lead news anchor for “misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” a February 2015 statement from NBC read.
NBC noted in their statement that Williams had lied about other events as well when reporting on stories for Nightly News.
Williams was suspended for six months without pay. He was later brought back to MSNBC where he reported on just breaking news before being given a show in the 11 p.m. hour.
In similar fashion, Dan Rather, who manufactured a hit piece on President George W. Bush, attempted to discuss the power of fact checking and honest journalism with Chris Matthews. Matthews actually laughed out loud.