Brian Williams Is Back: Will You Ever Believe Him Again?

brian williams posing in iraq
Written by Ted Rall

NBC anchor Brian Williams’ suspension for lying about his exploits as an embedded war reporter is over. He’s back, demoted to a reporter and to MSNBC. Ted Rall wonders if you’ll ever believe anything he reports from now on. Cartoon.

aNewDomain — Brian Williams was earning $10 million a year as an anchor for NBC News, where his primary responsibility was mainly reading the news off a prompter. He lost this fat job six months ago, when he was suspended for lying about what happened to him as an embedded war reporter in Iraq. Now Williams is back. He has been demoted, in the network’s eyes certainly, because he returns not as an anchor at NBC but as a reporter on MSNBC. But in reality, he’s in more of a journalistic role. At MSNBC he’ll actually be reporting and interpreting news.

Two questions: Will anyone notice? And will anyone believe anything he reports now?

One thing is certain. Brian Williams and his “misremembered” false memory about being shot down during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq speaks volumes about all of us.

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Brian Williams is Back cartoon: Ted Rall exclusively for aNewDomain and

For aNewDomain, I’m Ted Rall.

Ed: A version of this story and this cartoon ran earlier today on aNewDomain’s new SkewedNews.

Cover image: U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman David Senn. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons