Is Brian Williams Finished?

February 6, 2015

By Cole

So Brian Williams suffers from fantasy flashbacks of getting shot down in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003, and talks as if it really happened. And soldiers who were flying with Williams in safety, and those in the helicopter actually shot down, had no luck ever setting the record straight.

I have nothing against Brian Williams. He can be a funny guy, personally. But as a trusted purveyor of “news,” he’s become hopeless. This “bombshell” revelation that he makes stuff up to stay in the game is unsurprising.

It’s sad if NBC considers Brian Williams “the face” of NBC news. Obviously, NBC, in trying to attract a younger audience that won’t sit still to watch TV news anyway, doesn’t realize it has reduced the Nightly News to a useless pile of lint.

These days, if Williams is having a good night, he’ll report current events for about 12 minutes, until the first commercials, then spout entertainment or human-interest garbage the rest of his time. We defected permanently after his leading the broadcast with football “news” seemed to become habitual. Regular Cats Working readers know why.

When it comes learning what’s happening out there, you can’t beat BBC World (with Katty Kay, naturally). For the American perspective, we now watch Scott Pelley on CBS. His delivery style can dry paint, but at least his priorities seem straighter.

Pelley talks about what’s worth knowing usually for about 18 minutes, through the second commercial break, and sometimes even for the whole half-hour.

In contrast, BBC World on PBS always fills 30 commercial-free minutes with solid world events, giving maybe 3 minutes at the end to a feel-good story.

So, to answer my original question, I’d say yes, Brian Williams is finished. But not for lying about his exploits in Iraq. He’s been irrelevant for quite some time.

To White House: Let the Ass-Kicking Begin!

December 2, 2009

By Yul

Sorry, Katie Couric. The Today Show snagged an “exclusive” with the White House crashers, with Matt Lauer carefully making them state they weren’t paid.

Now the party parasites claim a dead cell phone kept them from realizing they had no “tickets” to the state dinner for India’s prime minister. Like it was a sold-out Broadway show instead of an “invitation only” honor from President Obama.

Congress plans to grill them, but why waste time? This is a personnel matter where the White House needs to be taking names and kicking ass.

NBC news anchor Brian Williams said he saw the pair turned away at one gate. OK, that guard’s in the clear. So is the metal detector operator who ensured they weren’t packing heat.

Other than that, everyone else should be in deep doo-doo, facing serious — possibly terminal — disciplinary action.

The Today Show’s “legal expert,” Dan Abrams, said the couple may face no criminal charges if no one can prove they lied to anybody.

So if they had climbed a fence, crawled in through an unlocked basement window, and spoken to no one until they shook Obama’s hand, that would be all right?

The couple knows they crashed. They didn’t stay for dinner because they had no seats. They’re pros. The blonde routinely pretends she’s a former Redskins cheerleader to crash their reunions.

They can protest ‘til the cows come home, flashing their carefully worded e-mails with overly polite, unsuspecting dupes they exploited on the inside, like Pentagon official Michele Jones, who actually got them in to a morning ceremony that was canceled.

The couple is notorious in Virginia political circles, with a long-standing reputation for name-dropping and party-crashing, according to Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner.

Until they’re locked away, far from the rich and famous, no social event is safe. The stupid media has shown them how easy it is to seize the spotlight, so unless they go to jail, we’ll never be rid of them.

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