The country has been hung up on the fact that Brian Williams lied about being hit by an RPG in Iraq. For this he’s been suspended and the whole story has been blown out of proportion. It seems no one learned anything about memory from the hit podcast, Serial. We all remember things one differently and sometime the truth gets warped into what we believe is the truth. But more importantly, yes, Brian Williams lied, but we all lie. Why are we blowing this lie out of proportion and not all the other lies that come out?
We made a movie about man who lied about various events in life to glorify himself as an American Hero. And that movie is nominated for an Oscar. We stand behind politicians that lie directly to our faces about a giant pipeline that’s supposed to create jobs but only for a little while. If we’re going to make this lie into a big deal, we should also make that one lie I told back in 2007 about being sick so I could go to the movies and play video games with my friends.
This case is about misremembering something. Instead of penalizing him 6 months of work they should suggest his uptake of ginkobaloba, get a solid 8 hours of rest and plenty of exercise so his mind can stay in focus. Take a week and get back to reporting the Nightly New properly!
There are tons of stories we could be focusing on rather than one man that forgot the details of a few events. And yes, I understand the irony of ranting about this, and not talking about all the other important thing that are happening in the world, but it’s the only way to get the message out.
But there is a silver lining to this….We finally have a good case for Serial season 2.