How do you like my choice of metaphor? The picture of the ship floating away seems appropriate here. Of course all this refers back to the situation the evening news anchor for NBC, Brian Williams, find himself in at this time. We hold the evening news anchor to a lofty standard and depend on them to give us the straight scoop. Or at least we did at one time.
Here is where I will invoke the names of David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. Oh, wait, Rather was caught lying too. As a matter of fact, his lie got him tossed from CBS. I suppose CBS has more cognizance of the implications of a lie by their anchor than our friends at NBC/Universal. Anchors, on evening news as well as morning programs carry a heavy responsibility. As the face of their programs and networks they are the face and must withstand intense scrutiny. In short, they should know if they say they did something or saw something they better be 100% truthful, because otherwise it will come back on them.
So why did i join into the chorus of those who are commenting about this matter? It is because just recently a 60 minute promo for the NBC Nightly News which is now being offered by my cable provider, COMCAST through there On Demand service. It is Mr. Williams pontificating about his role as the evening anchor and what he will do.
In his recording he talks about how “we are not fooling anyone anymore”. COMCAST removed this obviously as soon as this came to light because he was as much as admitting he had knowingly tried to fool people. We don;t tune in to the news because the anchors impress us, we tune in for the news. If their credibility is blown why would we believe anything they say? NBC what are you thinking. Replace the man and clean the slate or risk becoming the joke fo the news giving community.