What do we care if Brian Williams, the anchor of the #1 mainstream media evening newscast, has turned out to be a compulsive liar? So he has a little personality quirk that causes him to embellish stories so as to make himself look more impressive. You don’t get to the top in a competitive business without a gift for self-promotion. It doesn’t mean the stories he reads off the teleprompter aren’t true, right? Wrong:
The New Yorker’s Gabriel Sherman took a deep-dive into the ongoing shipwreck that is NBC News. The most fascinating tidbit had nothing to do with the House of Cards-style machinations embroiling the Peacock Network. Buried under more than a dozen paragraphs is the bombshell that as anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams (who is currently serving a six-month suspension) refused to broadcast two big NBC News scoops damaging to President Obama.
According to Sherman’s sources, in 2013, Williams refused to broadcast the news about a Justice Department memo justifying drone strikes against American citizens. Later that same year, Williams wouldn’t air a report that said the Obama Administration had known since 2010 that ObamaCare would cost millions of Americans the very same insurance policies President Obama repeatedly promised they could keep. …
“He didn’t want to put stories on the air that would be divisive,” a senior NBC journalist told Sherman.