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Old 02-05-2015, 11:59 AM
 
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What a shame. He is my preferred anchor re: voice and demeanor so it would be sad if he has to go. I'm fairly certain that most reporters - more unwillingly than willingly - fudge the facts. That's kinda why the media has had a bad reputation since, oh, say about the time of Gutenberg... Still, it's likely not the end of his career - I'm sure CNN would happily take him on... as they did with Piers Morgan.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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Its just seems public figure begin to believe their on BS. He wanted clearly to make himself a heroic figure for whatever reason. Now he suffers the consequences of lying; which isn't good when trust in what your saying is your job.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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What a shame. He is my preferred anchor re: voice and demeanor so it would be sad if he has to go. I'm fairly certain that most reporters - more unwillingly than willingly - fudge the facts. That's kinda why the media has had a bad reputation since, oh, say about the time of Gutenberg... Still, it's likely not the end of his career - I'm sure CNN would happily take him on... as they did with Piers Morgan.
There is a difference between fudging the facts and lying about them. Ask anyone who has ever been under fire and see if they forgot being so?

He willing lied, this wasn't some misunderstanding or cloudy memory. This would have been a life event, not some casual encounter in the desert with a donkey or camel.

He also didn't apologize willingly. It was only after being called out by the crews involved in the operation that he figured his little gig was up and that he had to say something before someone else did.

Who believes this guy didn't know he lied when he opened his mouth?

He didn't even have the decency to make a straight out apology, instead be stated that he was trying to honor others. Anyone would need to be a humpback whale to swallow that line. These glamour journalists pick and choose their assignments to bolster their reputations and credentials. Now he can add liar to his list.

Think we'll see him making the talk show rounds to fall on his sword in more than a justification of his flawed character? Of course he can't now tell the truth, that he made the story up in the way he described it.

One lie after another. Now he's covering it up with justifications about honoring others. Just how many times has he done this? I doubt it is a single incident. Liars rarely lie just once.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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people watch brian williams?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:38 PM
 
Location: SW France
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He's a plonker.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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He should be fired for lying to the public. Case closed for me.
Absolutely !
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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I don't think he's "despicable", I just think he is stupid. He has lost all of his credibility now, so he might as well retire.
This pretty much nails it.

He's probably not a bad guy, but as a news anchor of one of the most prestigious, long-running news programs, following in the footsteps of Tom Brokaw, it was a disastrous thing to do for his career. If I were a network exec, I'd fire him. The only question is whether to do it right away or to let him sail off quietly into the night over the next few weeks and months. But this is probably the beginning of the end for Pete, which is a shame because he had established himself as a reputable reporter, and I think it was probably nothing more than a split-second moment of stupidity that ended up having long-term consequences.
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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This is what happens when the journalist/news anchor becomes more important than the news story they are supposed to be covering. The news networks are constantly promoting their 'stars', and they will use anything (true or not) to pump up their image & ratings. Most likely not the first time a journalist has lied to make himself look good to his audience. Brian Williams got caught lying, so now he's apologizing for his 'mistake' in a lame effort at damage control. Good luck with that, Brian.

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Old 02-05-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Very nave of him to think he would not be found out. I wonder what he's told in the past that hasn't caught up with him?
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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He should be fired for lying to the public. Case closed for me.
Well than you wouldn't have anybody on the air reporting the "news".

CNN is the worst culprit. Pretending to be places when they're using green screens. If you can't just say you're in the studio and pretend to be elsewhere, well what else isn't the truth.

Even the recent big snowstorm, Don Lemon was pretending to outside with another guy, problem was there was no visible breath...LOL. And the screen behind them no one was looking over at the camera, it was clearly fake.

The news media in this country is now owned by 4 or 5 corporations.
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