Words cannot express how sick and tired I am of hearing about the Brian Williams “controversy.” He lied about something that happened to him, which is pathetic and embarrassing, but ultimately it affects nothing but his credibility and pride. Granted, credibility is extremely important when you’re delivering the evening news to a national audience, which is why I don’t see him ever returning to the anchor desk for NBC. But the way the media has covered this whole story would have you believing that he was involved in some massive conspiracy to rig elections or illegally wiretap politicians. It’s been that outrageous.
And the way Fox News has been covering it has been the worst of any network. Because Williams works for NBC, and he’s seen by some as liberally leaning, they’ve been out for blood. They’ve essentially tried to use Williams as an example of how “dishonest” the liberal media is as a whole. Of course, that angle plays right into what conservative viewers want to hear. That’s why Fox News does so well in the ratings – they don’t care about reporting what’s factual or even relevant, all they care about is forming their broadcasts to tell their conservative audience exactly what it wants to hear.
Well, Bill O’Reilly took the absurdity up a notch by implying that the Williams “controversy” should make us all question other “distortions” in our media’s coverage of the news.
“Think about other news agencies that are distorting the facts,” O’Reilly said.
He has a point, we should always hold our news agencies to the highest of standards – but he works for the most dishonest cable news channel in this country. Fox News is nothing but a conservative entertainment network. It’s not news, it’s right-wing propaganda.
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve caught them blatantly editing videos to slander President Obama or how often they’ve been rated as one of the least trusted news sources in the country. It seems like any time a non-partisan list is made of the least trustworthy news sources, Fox News is right at the top of the list.
And let’s not forget that Fox News is currently being sued by the city of Paris for pushing several lies following the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo.
Last time I checked, no one at Fox News was suspended for allowing several of their guests to come on national television and blatantly lie. Heck, not only did they allow them to lie, but they were encouraged by many of the Fox News hosts because the lies they were spewing fit the narrative the network was trying to push.
So until O’Reilly starts acting as outraged over the plethora of lies that are constantly told on his own network, he really shouldn’t try to act too upset over what Brian Williams said. While Williams’ lie is extremely embarrassing for him, it doesn’t even come close to the foundation of dishonestly on which Fox News is built.
Watch his comments below via Fox News: