"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."
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.