April 22, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) The news first broke because of a post on Facebook. One of America’s most trusted news anchors had lied. And not with a slip of the tongue either, but NBC’s Brian Williams had repeatedly told the same version of events for over a decade.
So the story goes, while on assignment in Iraq in 2003, Williams was a passenger on a helicopter that took on enemy fire and was hit by an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). The copter was subsequently forced to make an emergency landing to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
As the world now knows, Williams’ story was a fabrication. It was, in fact, a helicopter an hour ahead of the Chinook which carried the NBC crew that came under attack. Williams, nor the helicopter that was transporting his team, ever came under militant fire.
This tall tale decimated the reputation of the television host. Williams became the punchline for late-night talk show hosts. His name became synonymous for lying. He was — and still is — water-cooler fodder nationwide. As well as being suspended from his evening duties as anchor of NBC Nightly News, it was also announced that he would no longer be the managing editor for the program either.
One poll suggested that over 66% of Americans did not want Williams suspended. Instead, they wanted him fired.
Let’s now rewind to 1996.
Then First Lady, Hillary Clinton, traveled to war-zone Bosnia. She was accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, the comedian Sinbad, Sheryl Crow, and a myriad of reporters and security. As the plane touched down…well, I’ll just let the former Secretary of State describe the scene in her own words.
“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Reporter Sharyl Attkisson was also aboard the First Lady’s plane as it supposedly landed in a sea of sniper’s bullets. Ms. Attiksson publicly refuted Hillary’s version of events by stating that the story was a work of fiction.
“I’d know if we’d been shot at,” said the reporter.
Initially, the current presidential candidate doubled-down on the danger that her and her entourage faced that day. Too bad for Hillary that when the First Lady and Sinbad travel together, people are going to film. And film they did.
Ms. Attkisson’s footage showed “Clinton and Chelsea disembarking from the plane on the tarmac in Bosnia, leisurely smiling for photographs and greeting a local schoolgirl on the runway. No sniper fire. No ducking and running.”
How could the scandal-ridden Clinton politically maneuver herself after being caught in such a blatant and obvious lie? If you guessed that she would “Clinton-up” and act like her yarn was no biggie, you would be correct.
“So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which, you know, for some people, is a revelation,” said Clinton in 2008.
And on she went. No harm, no foul.
The rub here is that Americans were quick to grab their pitchforks and torches over a guy who recites a script for a few minutes every weeknight, and yet the mob turns the other way when a person of legitimate power is caught in the exact same web of deceit.
Why? Her last name? Her gender? The positions she has held? A liar is a liar despite all of these prerequisites. Both of these lies served to humanize war propaganda under completely false pretenses.
Should the social media mob have verbally lynched and lost all trust in Williams? Absolutely. Hillary should be held to an even higher standard though, and the scrutiny should be ten-fold what it was for a professional reader with a posh haircut.
The bottom line is that if Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted to recall a simple story about getting off of an airplane, can she be trusted with an entire country?
“What difference does it make?”
The difference is doom.
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