NBC Suffering With Williams Off The Air

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The debacle surrounding Brian Williams has not only cost NBC News much of its credibility, but based on the initial ratings since Williams was suspended without pay for six months, it is costing them a big chunk of their viewers.

According to Nielsen’s fast national data, viewership fell dramatically for the NBC Nightly News in the first week with Williams off the air.

Last Monday, Nightly News averaged 9.8 million total viewers, but by Thursday that had fallen to 8.6 million, a drop of more than 12 percent in just 3 days.

The main beneficiary of the tumult at NBC is ABC’s World News Tonight, anchored by David Muir. WNT beat Nightly News by 347,000 viewers on Wednesday, which was a huge difference from the previous week when WNT trailed them by 400,000 viewers.

NBC News has replaced Williams with Lester Holt for the time being, but he is facing the difficult task of not only replacing the top evening news anchor in America, but trying to restore the division’s credibility as more stories emerge about Williams’ long history of lying on the air.

In time, Holt may be able to regain some of the viewers lost during this debacle, since Americans tend to be creatures of habit in their television viewing. But restoring NBC News’ credibility will be a much longer process and can only truly occur if they fire everyone who enabled Williams to get away with lying for so long.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Andrea Mitchell Slams Obama For ‘Crusades’ Remarks At Prayer Breakfast

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On Sunday’s Meet The Press, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell admonished President Barack Obama for his controversial remarks about the Crusades and missteps of religions outside of Islam at the National Prayer Breakfast. Ms. Mitchell told host Chuck Todd and co-panelist and New York Times columnist David Brooks that Obama needs to deal with the issues of today without leaning over backwards to invoke the “sins of the fathers.”

MITCHELL: You don’t use the word Crusades, number one, in any context right now. It’s just it’s too fraught. And the week after a pilot is burned alive, in a video shown, you don’t lean over backwards to be philosophical about the sins of the fathers. You have to deal with the issue that’s in front of you or don’t deal with it at all. Talk about faith.

TODD: There are a lot of politicians, conservative politicians, who invoke religion when talking about fighting ISIS.

MITCHELL: But he’s the president. He’s the president and you can’t really go back to 1095.

TODD: You think he made a mistake?

MITCHELL: I do, because it’s so out of context and it is so much in passing. If you’re giving a major speech about theology, perhaps. But this is the prayer breakfast. And remember, you know, the context of that. It’s very limited.

h/t: The Blaze

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Without Citizen Journalists, Would America Be Free?

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When our Founding Fathers first came together, their goal was to form a government that was by the people and for the people, meaning that we all have a voice. The Declaration of Independence was their first official JOURNAL declaring their willingness to fight against a tyrannical government, with the United States Constitution being their second JOURNAL to lead and guide all future generations on the path of achieving and maintaining true Freedom and Liberty. Although this was not an easy task to accomplish, it was accomplished not only thanks to the Black Robe regiment (the clergy who preached for the cause of Freedom), but also the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and George Washington–just to name a few. Their words were fearless and helped give birth to a fledgling nation. There is no other reason why the right to free speech was listed as the first item in the Bill of Rights–and the right to keep and bear arms was listed as the second, in order to protect the first.

Now, over the course of time, mainstream journalism has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise, where those who simply read the narration and talking points given to them by the government, on the nightly news, seek to squelch the voices of the citizen journalists through regulation and the push for political correctness. They have left most Americans with the feeling that they are being lied to on a daily basis (which, most of the time, they are). It was nice to see that citizen journalists, via Stars and Stripes magazine, held NBC anchor Brian Williams’ feet to the fire about the BIG lie that he told about his trip to Iraq. The mainstream media has omitted any and all TRUTH about Barack Hussein Obama, where he came from, and where he is leading America. It will be up to the citizen journalists to do the research and present the FACTS.

My point is this: our Founding Fathers guaranteed each and every one of us a voice in the execution of our government. For us to remain silent will only lead to our own demise as a free people. Tyranny is achieved when good people do nothing. Take a good look around you, my fellow Americans. Are we still living in the country that our Founders envisioned? We must find our still-small voice and exercise it LOUDLY if we are ever to get America back onto the path of righteousness. One great nation, one loud voice! The time is now to call out and stand in one accord against all un-righteousness; and together, we will guarantee Freedom and Liberty for generations to come.

As always, fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

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Watch: NBC’s Brian Williams’ On-Air ‘Under Fire’ Apology Is Now Under Fire

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A Google search using the three words “Brian Williams lie” yields page after page after page of results on this day after the top-rated TV news anchor apologized on air for his “mistake” in falsely claiming he was in an Army helicopter shot down by enemy fire over Iraq in 2003.

Numerous people and organizations are now tracking down and bringing renewed attention to the many times over the years that the highly rated newsman touted his coming close to death or serious injury. Some are calling it Williams’ attempt at “stolen valor.”

Research by Breitbart shows that, over the years since the supposed close call happened during Iraq War coverage, Williams’ self-serving story about his Chinook being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade that forced it to land in the desert has become more elaborate, more detailed, and more focused on his supposed jeopardy.

“In what could easily be a career-ender, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday that for the last 12 years both he and his network have repeatedly told a false story about a helicopter Williams was in being forced down due to RPG fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq,” wrote Breitbart’s John Nolte.

USA Today now reports that the 55-year-old Williams’ on-air admission that he hasn’t been telling the truth, along with his so-called “apology,” aren’t going over all that well. Williams’ mea culpa clearly is not ending the shots now being taken at the “Nightly News” anchor.

“Memes are flowing and questions about his credibility are rising,” says the USA Today article. When he was in the country covering the war 12 years ago, Williams’ helicopter may not have taken the shot he has long claimed; but:

Now critics are wondering if Williams’ career may be shot.

“If credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday,” writes David Zurawik in The Baltimore Sun.

Some of the tweets about Brian Williams’ self-inflected credibility wound are nothing short of brutal:
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As of this writing, NBC News has not issued any statement about the scandal in which Brian Williams now finds himself.

The only “official” word on the incident comes from Williams’ explanation and “apology” aired during the “Nightly News.” You can see that segment by clicking on the video above.

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Watch Obama Falsely Compare Himself To George Washington…And This NBC Reporter’s Reaction

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It’s certainly not the first time Barack Obama has shown his ignorance of American history; nor is it the most flagrant historical foul the president has committed.

Some of Obama’s previous flubs of historical fact have been so glaring that in a March 2012 piece for Real Clear Politics, Carl Cannon observed that our president:

…shares with his fellow Americans one of their most dubious national traits: a nonchalant disregard for historical accuracy.

In an age when Twitter and other social media can propagate with distressing efficiency the fake Lincoln quote, the false Twain quip, the invented Ben Franklin advice, Obama is a president for our times.

And in an interview segment “for our times” — inasmuch as it featured a prominent piece of historical fiction offered by Obama that was unchallenged by the NBC reporter — the president made a comparison between what happens in the kitchen of his White House and that of President George Washington…

…except that Washington never lived in the White House…something one might reasonably expect a principal resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to know.

In an interview that aired prior to the Super Bowl on NBC — the president’s seventh chatty exchange year after year before the big game — “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie visited with a casually dressed Obama in the executive mansion’s kitchen. One subject of their talk — the White House special ale brewed on site from honey out of the first lady’s garden beehives.

You can see Obama’s boast about the homemade brew that he said marked the first time “booze” has been made in the White House since George Washington did it…which he didn’t.

NBC’s Guthrie let the factual flub pass, but attentive twitter users did not.

h/t Twitchy

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