Saturday, February 20, 2010

Brian's Golf Lie

Tiger Woods's re-emergence as the lead Nightly News story raises two very important questions: 1) How many more Tiger Woods stories will Nightly News report, and 2) How many Tiger Woods stories will Brian Williams admit to reporting? On Jan. 8, Brian was a guest on The Jay Leno Show. When Jay asked Brian about Nightly News's coverage of Tiger Woods, Brian said, "We have done the Tiger Woods story I think twice and the second time was just the business impact...." That was not a truthful response. Let me refresh Brian's memory: From the time of Woods's car crash on Nov. 27 through Brian's appearance on Leno's show, Nightly News did at least five Tiger Woods stories (11/27, 12/2, 12/11, 12/12 and 12/13) although they may have actually done more than that. Brian intentionally understated the number of Tiger Woods stories Nightly News reported in order to make his broadcast appear less celebrity-oriented and sensationalistic. In golf, shooting a five and calling it a two is grounds for disqualification. Shame on Brian for fudging his scorecard.

The current incarnation of Nightly News is largely a creation of Brian Williams and NBC News president Steve Capus. Since Brian has made the conscious decision to turn Nightly News into a soft broadcast that relies less on actual news and more on cute animals, sick children, people who are "Making A Difference" and celebrity gossip, he should at least have the integrity to own up to it when asked.

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