Shame On NBC's Williams in Pentagon Flap

Anchor's reaction to exposé on 'experts' as absurd as TV complicity
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 7:18 PM CDT
Shame On NBC's Williams in Pentagon Flap
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NBC anchor Brian Williams is digging himself an ever deeper, more shameful hole by brushing off a New York Times exposé that questioned the “core credibility” of network war reporting, Glenn Greenwald asserts in Salon. The piece revealed Pentagon propaganda efforts that indict NBC News and others, but when forced to comment yesterday, Williams disgracefully protested innocence—claiming the retired generals he features are “beyond reproach.”

Despite revelations the Pentagon has violated federal laws, that Barry McCaffrey and Wayne Downing co-founded a group dedicated to liberating Iraq and that they’re tied to a company which directly benefits from the war, Williams maintains the “passionate patriots” would never “push a rosy Pentagon agenda.” In skewering the anchor, Greenwald exhumes a half-dozen examples of the generals’ Mission Accomplished-praising, Democrat-bashing “independent analysis.” (Read more Brian Williams stories.)

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