Saturday Reading


Brian Williams, American television network anchor caught telling his audience a fantasy version of his experience on a foreign assignment, has unintentionally provided us with a near perfect allegory and tale of caution about American journalism and the role it plays in politics and foreign affairs.

I am not referring to the fact that a number of prominent Americans have done exactly the same thing Williams did making false public claims of risky deeds, this Münchausen-like condition being surprisingly common among American politicians. Hillary Clinton, in her 2008 nomination campaign, claimed she came under fire in Tuzla, Boznia in 1996, when her plane landed. Actual video of the harrowing event showed her being greeted peacefully by a young child with a welcoming poem. John Kerry, in his quick four-month “grab some glory for a future political career” stint in Vietnam made exaggerated claims of risk and bravery and certainly decency when indeed most of his activities involved shooting at peasant farmers working their fields from his heavily-armed patrol boat on a river, ferrying the odd cutthroat assassin for the CIA’s ghastly Operation Phoenix project, and killing a man, likely Viet Cong, who was lying on the ground badly wounded by the boat’s heavy machine gun fire. Rich men’s sons do get medals for rather hard to understand achievements.

John Chuckman @ The Smirking Chimp


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16 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Pants on fire.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Carol is going to have a lot more snow.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    High noon.


  4. David B. Benson says:



  5. Den says:

    Wow am I shot, heavy stuff moving day, three of us got it done then feasted at the end, major feet and leg pain, elevated and beer installed.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Den will especially appreciate Mufon report 60656.


  7. º¿carol says:

    Really cold here today, especially tonight. High winds all day made blizzard, white-out conditions. Pete’s came over anyway. They made it home safely too. Several more days of this deep freeze.


    • Den says:

      Hunker down and hope the furnace doesn’t quit, that’s what I used to do, I hate cold weather, $$$ at the fuel bill. Downright toasty here, 70’s today, moving weather was awesome!


  8. Den says:

    I do not deny the fact that it will be 110 this summer when even lizards will be gasping for water.


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