Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Brian Williams: Misinformation

If Brian Williams is going to take time during his Nightly News broadcast to brag about NBC's Olympics ratings success (as he has done several times over the past two weeks), then he is also obligated to inform his viewers that NBC is expected to lose more than $200 million on the 2010 Winter Games. Otherwise, Brian is a cheerleader, not a reporter.

And on Monday's Nightly News, Brian claimed that the U.S.-Canada gold medal hockey game was "one of the most-watched sporting events in television history..." Not even close. The hockey final attracted 27.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. In football alone, 41 of the 44 Super Bowls had more than 40 million viewers. So the U.S.-Canada hockey final would probably not even crack the list of the top 100 most-watched sporting events in U.S. history. Where does Brian get his information? Doesn't Nightly News have fact checkers? Making stuff up really isn't a good idea for a network news anchor.

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