The who/what/where making waves today

Feb 05, 2015

"NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest ... who hasn't misremembered being in a chopper crash?facetiously tweets digital journalist Liam Stack with the New York Times. Say it ain't so, BriWi, but it is: journalism juggernaut Brian Williams just admitted he wasn’t on the chopper shot down in Iraq (4,000+ shares) despite saying for years that he was, and it all happened after soldiers protested these claims on Facebook, Travis J. Tritten reports for Stars and Stripes (3,100+ shares). "Wow. Brian Williams lied about being on a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq, and a Facebook comment exposed it," reacts Taylor Dobbs with Vermont Public Radio. "This story is appalling ... The danger faced by folks in the armed services is real, not pretend," weighs in Buster Olney with ESPN the Magazine.

The response from media was swift and nearly universally negative. "Shud b fired," pithily concludes The National's Hadeel AlSayegh. "Worst part about this is @BWilliams doesn’t even own up to lying. Relies on weasel words," concludes media reporter Becket Adams with the Washington Examiner. "Welp, Brian Williams will always be able to fall back on his Jimmy Fallon-editors-assisted rap career," comes the figurative shrug from Ryan Pearson with the Associated Press. In his tick-tock on the scandal, Brian Stelter summarizes on Twitter, "At the end of the day: a lotta doubt that Brian Williams could have innocently misremembered an RPG attack in Iraq."
Other issues to eat at you: the health-insurer Anthem was hit by hackers. Clearly annoyed, Shawn Reynolds with RTV6 Indianapolis responds, "I was impacted by the Target hacking last year, so , of course, why wouldn't my health insurance company get hit?" And as we hinted at yesterday, now even Harper Lee's hometown friends say she was manipulated into publishing second book.
In political and governmental scandals, UBS faces a new federal probe into whether they helped Americans evade taxes through investments largely banned in the U.S. Harsh words: The Oregonian says their state's governor John Kitzhaber must resign. "Proud to work for a newspaper with an editorial board that said what needed to be said today about @GovKitz," says John Canzano from that newsroom.
Abroad, as if Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wasn't already in enough trouble, the Argentine president mimics the Chinese via an mocking tweet, and Chinese social media goes crazy. Speaking of China, their tech firms are doling out lavish gifts to employees. Meanwhile in Venezuela, the $755 Condom Is the latest indignity. Globe and Mail energy reporter Carrie Tait points out, "This story abt low oil = $755 condom pack wld be hilarious if not for the serious consequences."
Here's what is funny, though: Rep. Aaron Schock channeling the great American philosopher T. Swift in response to the controversy over his red office.

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