Brian Williams

When Did Film Get So Cynical About Journalism?

The theatrical release of Rupert Goold’s True Story this Friday was set quite some time ago, announced even before the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, so its timeliness is coincidental, but still remarkable. Based on the memoir of the same name, it tells the story of how New York Times reporter Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) lost his job and credibility with a poorly reported cover story on child slavery on the Ivory Coast, and made an unlikely comeback by stumbling into the story of murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who used Finkel’s name as an alias while on the run. It hits theaters in the midst of discussion and dissemination of the Columbia School of Journalism’s blistering review of Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus,” aptly described therein as “another shock to journalism’s credibility.” And True Story fits well within the current pattern of how movies portray that once lionized, now battered profession. … Read More

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Pot, Kettle, Etc.: Bill O’Reilly Probably Lied About His War Reporting

Insert your own stone-throwing, glasses-houses variation here: the spotlight is shining brighter on Fox News commentator Bill… Read More

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Allison Williams Defends Her Father with Unrelated Anecdote About a School Dance

Allison Williams, star of Girls and unfortunate heiress to the Brian Williams helicopter incident stigma, gave a talk with Seth Meyers… Read More

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Will Brian Williams Survive His Helicopter Scandal?

On Wednesday evening, NBC anchor Brian Williams apologized for his claim that he was on board a helicopter that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. The lie came to light after NBC Nightly News aired a segment where Williams took a soldier to a New York Rangers game. The soldier, US Army Command Sergeant Major Tim Terpak, was credited with being “‘responsible for the safety of Brian Williams and his NBC News team after their Chinook helicopter was hit and crippled by enemy fire’ during the invasion of Iraq,” according to the New York Times. When the segment was posted to Facebook, Lance Reynolds, who served as the helicopter’s flight engineer, posted the comment: “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.” … Read More

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams Slow Jam the News, Plug ‘Peter Pan Live!’

Brian Williams is perhaps the only serious newscaster who seems to be equipped for surviving and thriving in the… Read More

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Brian Williams Is Back on His Rap Game with “Baby Got Back”

Jimmy Fallon’s team is at it again, manipulating Brian Williams’ talking head into what is essentially a rapping ventriloquist dummy. This… Read More

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