Of course Williams is not the first to exhibit psychological flirtations with painting himself as something of a hero. We have seen similar behavior by other anchors such as Dan Rather, who spent so much time in a trench coat, one had to wonder if he might actually be the Pink Panther. Early on in his career, Dan Rather claimed to have gotten beat up by thugs on the streets of Houston. In later years, he did a bang-up job of fabricating a story to depict George W. Bush as a draft dodger. Of course, doing this was only secondary to the real purpose of glorifying Dan Rather.
Geraldo Rivera is another liberal so-called journalist who suffers in the extreme from a desire to associate himself with heroic acts. Rivera engaged in any derring-do he thought would advance his place on the journalistic ladder, but those actions seemed to have the opposite effect on his audience; he now languishes as a token liberal in the halls of Fox News—his glory days behind him. Geraldo no longer has a ring in the journalistic circus to display his feats of wonder.
Rivera and Rather were among the first to grab a mic to defend Brian Williams and his inability to remember the facts of particular stories. You see, they look at Williams as one of the gods of journalism, and it seems so tragic to them to have people stepping away from the altar of worship. In their minds, it is not a matter of Williams’ dishonesty but more a case of Williams getting caught. Like any good liberals, neither Rivera or Rather sees any reason to expect accountability or responsibility of Williams. To the contrary, they believe that a man of such lofty position should simply be forgiven and let’s get on with the news.
The situation with Brian Williams is but one example of something that I have believed for a long time. Journalism in its true sense is dead. Innocent American families have tuned into the evening news since the advent of television in the late 40’s. It was a time to catch up on the events of the day—find out what was happening around the world. The person behind the desk was simply the instrument to report the news and while they needed to be credible and have certain facial and voice characteristics, the news was primary. But things have changed with time, and the so-called evening news of today exists for only one reason—to advance the liberal agenda. Today, the liberal narrative is what structures the news. It defines it. If events taking place fit the narrative, then you will hear about them, if not, then you need to look elsewhere. Advancing the narrative is the primary consideration.
What narrative, you ask. It is no secret today that the mainstream media leans heavily to the liberal and politically correct side of things. The only stories that involve conservatism or conservatives are those that cast each in the least positive light. After all, everyone knows that conservatives seek to ensure children go hungry, strip old folks of Social Security and Medicare, pour ObamaCare down the drain, and keep our country immersed in war. We hear about it on the news all the time, so it must be the case, huh? There—that’s what I mean by the narrative.
So, let’s get back to Brian Williams. What is his real value to NBC and the Nightly News? That question has only one answer—his ability to advance the narrative. If Williams loses anchor-ship, it will be because NBC management has determined that Williams has lost the ability to advance the narrative and to infect a broader audience with that narrative. Nothing gets in the way of advancing the narrative—nothing! If it turns out that viewers have lost their trust in Williams, then Williams will be gracefully steered to a new post (created just for him) which will require his clearly superior intellect. No more menial reading of the news for him!
Williams will continue to get his contracted high-dollar fee for doing little other than stepping out of the way until everyone can forget him and his poor recall of events. A new liberal face with natural-born good looks, great hair, and the ability to sell ice-cubes to Eskimos will be situated behind the anchor desk and the narrative will continue. The listener will smile and think NBC did the right thing, they fixed the problem. Unfortunately, that won’t be true.
The United States of America has a population which is distributed to the Right—to the conservative side in any bell-shaped curve representation. If you doubt that, then you might stop and ask yourself why Fox News essentially owns the cable news industry in terms of market share. Of course, there are those who will try to convince you that the only reason that is the case is because Fox is fooling people. Fox News is portrayed as evil because it defends the conservative position on many fronts. While the other major networks spew their liberal, politically correct narrative, they are looked upon as being the bearers of truth while Fox is continually attacked—it’s all part of the narrative.
If indeed the Brian Williams of the journalistic world are so effective, why is it so easy to go out on the street anywhere in America and find scores of people who have no idea what is going on, from who is serving in office to what is threatening our world? And, if you are among those scores who are shockingly ill-informed, then maybe it is because those matters are not included in the narrative delivered to you by the likes of Brian Williams, teller of tall tales and liberal non-news.
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