NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams is in serious trouble. He’s had to apologise for falsely claiming that he was on a helicopter downed by Iraqi rocket fire in 2003, a claim he had publicly repeated on friday. The scoop came from Stars and Stripes, which quoted his letter of apology saying, “I spent much of the weekend thinking I’d gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake.” He said he had “misremembered” what happened.
The apology still leaves many questions unanswered, with some still saying that Williams misrepresented what happened. But now his credibility is badly damaged, and Twitter has been whooping it up with #BrianWilliamsMisremembers
— Яob (@robx_d) February 5, 2015
— Dave Murray (@Michigandmurray) February 5, 2015
Realise that I forgot to name a blog of the week last week. I enjoyed Yardain’s post on access to information in Qatar, especially the time he spent poking around the government website. This week, I liked Savannah’s post on how four years of drought in Syria may have been a factor behind the revolution.
- READ: Nothing to Envy ps 221 to end
- Close to the Action, AJR 2004
- Embedistan: NYT series
- Assignment: Write a 500-word blogpost about the control over coverage of conflict inside your country. Are journalists embedded with military groups? How much control over journalists do they exert? Is it safe for independent journalists to report without being embedded? Is the situation the same for local journalists and international ones? If there is no conflict, write about what measures the government takes to control journalists.