By Jarod Jones
Brian williams is 57 years old, born on May 5th, 1959. During his early journalism career, he worked for MSNBC and CNBC as the chief White House correspondent. He currently works as a breaking news anchor for MSNBC. This came after no longer being able to work for NBC Nightly News in 2015. He had worked with NBC for 10 years prior to his controversial departure.
His most recognized work is that which he did reporting on disasters and tragedies. Most notably, coverage of the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, as well as for his “man on the ground” coverage during the Iraq war. One article describes Williams’s escapades through Katrina era New Orleans, as well as his stay in a Ritz Carlton hotel during the disaster. In another article, he details his involvement with the U.S. military in the Iraq war. Despite the most notable controversy from the latter of the two articles, there were other accusations of fabrication in his stories. Many believe his departure from NBC was spawned from fear of backlash from those “needing a break from so much press.”
One such controversy surrounded a 2011 interview when Brian Williams recalled his time as a teenage volunteer firefighter during which he saved a puppy. However in a 2005 Esquire interview, Williams claimed to save not one but two puppies. In the same Esquire interview Williams also revealed that he had been mugged at gunpoint while selling Christmas trees in the New Jersey town where he grew up. A number of locals have questioned the credibility of his claim of someone sticking a .38 caliber handgun in his face. Another controversy occurred in 2006, when a Navy veteran accused Williams of lying to skip an event honoring members of the armed forces so that he could appear on Saturday Night Live. On the day of the event, the NBC News anchor told organizers that he had a pressing engagement preventing him from speaking at the dinner, while later that night he arrived on SNL’s Weekend Update. Because of his repeated falsehood, Brian Williams was suspended by NBC for six months for misrepresentation of the Iraq war. He now however, still finds work as a breaking news anchor for CNBC.
When I asked about Brian Williams at a family event, my cousin Justin (Recently turned 23) was the first to offer input. “He was in a way, a kickstart to a recent wave of controversy in news media. People started trusting the faces on television less and less.” Many other members shared similar statements, and the conversation devolved into commentary of modern media. Some other articles that could be interesting are his adventures in Israel, as well as details of his stay in New Orleans during Katrina. In any case, Brian Williams is an important face in journalism as a reminder that all stories are secondhand. Mankind has developed throughout time creating bigger more sensational stories, but we have to pay close attention to the validity of what modern anchors present to us.