The Associated Press revealed NBC TV is suspending Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.
NBC said that Williams's actions were inexcusable and jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers during his decade as the network's lead anchor.
But also added Williams deserved a second chance.
Williams apologized last week for saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the Iraq War in 2003.
Instead, he was in a group of helicopters and another was hit, and some veterans involved in the mission called him out on it.
Lots will debate whether the media goes too far to entertain instead of delivering the news.
A news anchors job is to report the news and accuracy is everything.
Embellishing it to include yourself is out of the question, that’s the job of us commentators and pundits.
However I believe this is less a news issue and more an issue of honesty.
In the end, you can’t mislead the customer, whatever your occupation.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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Would you buy local food to create jobs, even if it cost more?
The email from the convenor of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association reads,
“On bench behaviour – under no circumstances should there be contact with the players, in any way. Putting hands on shoulders, slapping butts, tapping them on the helmet, NOTHING, and this can make some of the girls uncomfortable and you won’t know which ones, so no contact, period.”
In our attempt to stop sexual assault, we have banned touching.
This suggests that all touching leads to sexual misconduct.
This is certainly not the case and quite the opposite.
Experts will tell you, touching is part of normal human behaviour and is essential to growth.
I can see the ‘no slapping of butts’ rule for the girls, but to eliminate a pat on the helmet when a player is celebrating a goal, is nuts.
The sad part is, this is being done not for the benefit of the girls, but to avoid a legal dust up.
They are not afraid of offending the girls, they’re afraid of a lawsuit.
When is this insane lawyer driven political correctness going to end?
Hopefully before we have eliminated all human contact from the face of the earth.
I’m Scott Thompson.
Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Community mail boxes inevitable and nothing new. What’s the problem?
It’s amazing how the premier reaffirming her commitment to Hamilton’s rapid transit system is giving city council a chance to hit the reset button on the file, and their brains.
The usual councillors are rising from the ashes again saying we must consult with the people now that we have a commitment from the government.
(Many are still unsure of what we now have?)
Citizen’s panels, consultations; what’s all this public opinion talk?
Don’t get me wrong public speak is essential but shouldn’t we have consulted with the people before we picked an East/West LRT line, council voted on it, and went to government to ask them to pay for it?
Now that the money may be closer than ever, we have a city deeply divided on LRT, a divided council that killed a bus lane and a public that is lacking confidence due the way it has been all handled to date.
Some will blame the last Mayor, he did send mixed messages.
But excluding Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a few new young exciting council members it’s the same old fart show. Majority still rules.
Wynne’s transit promises could be another big windfall for Hamilton, just like the stadium was, if they survive that long.
My fear is once again we won’t get maximum return for our investment due to poor council leadership, just like the stadium.
How do we make sure that doesn’t happen, and Hamilton gets what it deserves?