I agree completely with Dan K. Thomasson (Op-Ed TCH, June 24) that Brian Williams should have been fired instead of merely being demoted for his “enhancements” to his story about being under fire while covering a war zone.
We expect journalists to give us “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” To lie about an experience to bolster one’s own stock is a grievous breach of trust.
Why do we not hold politicians to the same standards to which we hold journalists? Hillary Clinton told an almost identical lie about her experiences on a trip to Bosnia in 1996 as First Lady.
While campaigning in 2008, she claimed to have been under sniper fire when her plane landed and had to “duck and run for cover while dodging bullets” to the waiting vehicles without being able to enjoy the welcoming committee. Video footage showed no sniper fire and a welcoming delegation including children. Clinton claims she was “sleep deprived and I misspoke.”
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With the millions of miles she traveled as Secretary of State, how many more times was she sleep deprived and misspoke? Instead of being demoted, she wants us to elect her President?