Truth, trust, and Brian Williams



By Grace Spiewak

Journalists are bound to a certain set of rules–namely, reporting the facts. That’s what makes them journalists and not novelists, and that’s why we (more or less) believe what they tell us. But what happens when that credibility is suddenly shattered?

Here’s Grace Spiewak at Regina Dominican High School with a thought-provoking look into the ethics of journalism, the history of boasting, and the consequences of getting caught in a lie.

NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months without pay on February 10 when it was revealed that many of his claims concerning field work done in Iraq in 2003 were false.

Williams accounted that his helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq, when it was the helicopter behind him that was shot at.  Williams referenced this story several times in his career, including on an appearance on the “Late Show” with David Letterman.

Williams has been broadcasting since 1981.  Why at the climax of his career did he consciously fabricate his experience?  A news anchor is considered a credible source, but with recent events, Williams leaves us with the question — Who can we trust?

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