Journalists lie – not exactly a new concept, but also not one we often discuss. Thanks to a certain reporter at NBC Nightly News however, we now have a national conversation on the matter. Why limit ourselves to a mere one leftist liar? We decided to list our top 5, lest you’ve forgotten any of these blunders.
1. Brian Williams – obviously. The most recent of liberal liars in the news, Williams’ repeated report of having been shot down in a helicopter in Iraq has been proven to be completely fabricated. Williams subsequent “apology” consisted of excuses about “misremembering” what happened that day… which has led to questions of how many other things Williams has “misremembered,” such as his reporting from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Ladies and gentleman, it’s important to remember that this is an award-winning journalist, who was one of the most trusted men in the country!
2. Dan Rather – in what was supposed to be the defining moment of his CBS career, Rather compiled a report which the left hoped would take down then President George W. Bush prior to the 2004 elections. Instead, the documents Rather used to “prove” Bush’s Texas Air Guard service had been less then stellar were actually forgeries. Like, outright. Instead of admitting his error, Rather doubled down on the report and was subsequently released from CBS News a year earlier than his contract intended.
3. Katie Couric – It’s almost easy to forget that Katie was once considered an actual journalist. Before daytime pop-gossip, she was in the business of trying to take down Conservative powerhouses like Sarah Palin. In 2013 on her daytime show Katie, Couric aired what was decried by medical professionals as an “anti-vaccine and anti-science” segment on the HPV vaccine.
Dr. Justin Chura of Cancer Treatment Centers of America wrote that the program, “was an exercise in fear mongering and did little to achieve the intended goal of providing parents with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the HPV vaccine. It is a disservice to the public whenever anecdotal stories are reported alongside scientifically backed data with the same level of credibility.” Ouch.
4. Rachel Maddow – in an effort to debunk James O’Keefe’s expose of ACORN, Maddow resorted to a fabrication of facts. Ironically, she used an edited video in attempts to prove O’Keefe had edited his video. Problem is, Maddow called it an “unedited” version of O’Keefe’s work – not exactly truthful when her video was 12 minutes, and the original nearly an hour long. Though a widely hailed MSNBC “exclusive” on footage which Maddow said cleared “the ACORN employees in California of wrong-doing,” the California Attorney General’s office disagreed. The AG’s office issued a report saying the videos showed “terrible judgment and highly inappropriate behavior” from ACORN employees.
5. Jayson Blair – perhaps the most famous of fabricators, Jayson Blair was a serial plagiarizer who reported for the New York Times. In 2003, dozens of his stories were found to be outright thievery from other writes, and many of the pieces he did “write” often used images and “first-hand” accounts of people and places he had never been or seen. So notorious was his story, it has been made into numerous documentaries and can be found in multiple books.
Journalists are trusted by the public; they are to be our envoys to the world, keeping us abreast of news and culture. But, when put in comparison with other public figures, one has to wonder…