New York Times Lame Excuse For Brian Williams And My Memory Of A Plane Crash

New York Times Lame Excuse For Brian Williams And My Memory Of A Plane Crash

Brian Williams is a New York Times type of guy, he has their type of politics.   That may explain their article claiming Williams was not lying or embellishing, just had a slightly faulty memory.  In this case it is absurd.   Just as Stars and Stripes reported, when people go through a crash they have vivid memories of it.

The NYT goes further in their deception, claiming it was because so much time went by.  Not true, Williams started the lies soon after they event that did not happen, happened.  He was not even in the area until and hour after other people were shot down.

The above news clipping is a real crash that happened before Williams pretend crash.  I was in it.   Had not seen that picture in 20 years, until this Christmas.  And it is exactly as remember it.  Even remembered the last line in the caption making us sound like wild Californians that were not stopped by a mere air crash.    

The people in the real crash in Iraq tried to get the truth for years, but NBC would not listen.


The NYT’s lame excuse for Williams is a milder version of what Williams did.  Not telling the truth out of self interest. Williams scandal has tarnished the entire establishment media.

NYT:   How reliable is human memory? Most of us believe that our memory is like a video camera, capturing an accurate record that can be reviewed at a later date.

But the truth is our memories can deceive us — and they often do.

Numerous scientific studies show that memories can fade, shift and distort over time. Not only can our real memories become unwittingly altered and embellished, but entirely new false memories can be incorporated into our memory bank, embedded so deeply that we become convinced they are real and actually happened.

The fallibility and the malleability of the human memory is at the center of a national controversy involving Brian Williams, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor. In 2003, Mr. Williams was apparently flying behind a helicopter that had been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. But over time the story changed, to the point that Mr. Williams recounted that he was the one riding in the helicopter that came under fire.

Mr. Williams has been branded a liar for embellishing his role in the event, with critics saying that as a newscaster he should be held to a higher standard. After apologizing, he temporarily stepped away from the nightly news. But memory experts see the issue differently, noting that the well-documented story, told differently many times by Mr. Williams, actually offers a compelling case study in how memories can change and shift dramatically over time.

“You’ve got all these people saying the guy’s a liar and convicting him of deliberate deception without considering an alternative hypothesis — that he developed a false memory,” said Elizabeth Loftus, a leading memory researcher and a professor of law and cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s a teaching moment, and a chance to really try to get information out there about the malleable nature of memory.”

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