MSNBC Fires Liberal Truth Tellers But Gives Liar Brian Williams A Second Chance

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One of the great hypocrisies behind MSNBC’s decline is their willingness to fire liberal hosts for telling the truth while giving corporate favorites and liars like Joe Scarborough and Brian Williams chance after chance.

Yesterday, NBC announced that Brian Williams was being shipped off to MSNBC instead of being fired for his years of lies. To hear Williams tell it, he was just a news anchor whose ego got the better of him. During an interview on NBC’s Today, Williams said, “What happened is clearly part of my ego getting the better of me to put myself in a better light to appear better than I was. That is the process here.” Williams also claimed that he never used his position as Nightly News anchor to mislead, but that his habit of lying about stories was a part of building up his own status and celebrity.

Clip of Williams on Today:

https://youtu.be/M4d9ULe0gUE

Compare this situation to when MSNBC pushed Keith Olbermann out the door and fired Martin Bashir for telling the truth about Sarah Palin. The move to oust Olbermann began when it was discovered that he made some political donations, even though Joe Scarborough has done the same and more and has faced no punishment.

Keith Olbermann has taken the high road and wished Brian Williams the best of luck at MSNBC:

Rachel Maddow, who was stone cold silent during the Olbermann and Bashir episodes, spoke out in favor of Brian Williams joining the network on her Thursday night show. Maddow said that nobody at NBC asked her to address the subject, but, “I personally, not speaking for anyone other than myself- I am really happy that Brian Williams is coming here to MSNBC.” During her comments, Maddow never said that Williams lied.

Video of Maddow:

Rachel Maddow runs a really good show on MSNBC, but she has also been the model corporate employee. Maddow likes being on national television, and she isn’t about to step on the toes of her bosses on the air. That’s fine, but her comments highlight the glaring double standard at MSNBC.

Network favorites like Williams and Scarborough get away more than the liberal hosts. It doesn’t matter to NBC News/MSNBC if the viewers like or dislike a host. The network’s favorites will always get to stay.

This double standard was noticed by the audience, and it is one of the main reasons why MSNBC’s ratings are in the dumpster. NBC’s policies are inconsistent. Fans see their favorite hosts shown the door while others get away with murder.

Maybe Brian Williams was too big to fire as some have suggested, but MSNBC has succeeded in sending the wrong message to viewers.

The cable network is a mess, and instead of fixing the real issues, NBC News has managed to do the one thing that will make the situation worse.

26 Replies to “MSNBC Fires Liberal Truth Tellers But Gives Liar Brian Williams A Second Chance”

  1. That’s funny, I’ve been beating the drum on MSNBC, NOT being a liberal network and all I get are CRICKETS LOL the reality is the RWers OWN the media! that’s why republican wordsmiths like frank luntz pull out the typewriter and hands out the BULL$HIT about THIS LIBERAL MEDIA monster!! it’s typically old school psychology! label your adversary with the very thing YOU’RE doing! MSNBC is partly owned by COMCAST!! COMCAST is a huge political donor to … YEP!! THE GOP!! it’s all BULL$HIT! just like FUX NEWS, the NEW BULL$HIT campaign is “MEYGAN KELLY” is a liberal! UNREAL! this is a LIE conservative america BUYS!

  2. Really surprised that Faux news didn’t pick him up to star with O-really two of the same. bull shitters who can tell the biggest lie could be the name of the show

  3. Don’t agree on this one, Jason. There’s absolutely no comparison between dirtbag Scarborough and Williams. I like Keith & watched him often because I loved that he said what he meant & made no bones about it. However, we know his job record wasn’t exemplary & he came to MSNBC with baggage. I don’t think anyone’s been privy to all the sordid details, so his record is a bit murky. I applaud the fact that Williams owned up to his ego getting in the way. Have you ever heard ANY public personality admit that? His embellished stories were told on entertainment shows & interviews, not actually on his news broadcast. They were told accurately for a long time before being embellished. Doesn’t make it right, but I can totally get the ego thing in the late-night/entertainment setting, etc. I think his response shows character, especially juxtaposed with some other personalities out there like POS Rushbo & Billo, to name just 2 on a very long list! I think it’s fair to give him another chan…

  4. I like Brian Williams and plan on watching him. So what, he lied about being in a helicopter when it crashed…..he embellished, this doesn’t make him evil! And yes, I adored Keith Oberman and Martin……but the RW yelled, kicked, and screamed louder for their heads.

  5. I’ve always liked BW because I thought he had credibility and some authenticity. Not so much anymore. O’Reilly is just an over paid, pompous POS. No way BW ever goes to Faux “News”.

  6. I’m a big fan of politicususa, but I don’t see Brian as a conservative. He said things on Letterman to make him more interesting. But I think he’s a great journalist and he’ll get a chance NOT to tow the corporate line. NBC over did it by falling in the FOX and conservative trap. I will watch Brian and will give him the chance he deserves. Liberals are so worried about being called hypocrites, but throwing Brian under the bus isn’t going to do anything but get another good journalist off the air while FOX continues daily to lie during their so called “news” show. Brian will be one journalist who will make sure what he says is checked and double checked. I believe he deserves the second chance. I’m as liberal as can be, but I’m supporting Brian Williams.

  7. TV is a one-way media. It dictates.

    If you ignore it,it goes away. Turn it off.

    Tip your bartender to turn the TVs off.

    Request dinner seating away from the idiot box. If somebody wants to watch sports, they can do it on their phones.

    No more big Brother!

  8. if anybody needed to leave MSNBC its Joe Scarborough. If I wanted to tune in to fox I would. His lies and most of his views are offensive to most black people. Of course being a white man he will spend it because he can`t handled the truth anymore than most whites can. To try to make any excuse for that guy killed those blacks is very offensive. that joker is not crazy just pure evil that was learned. He and all the folks that think like him are just evil. Stop making excuses white people. We are not buying it in the black community. The only one that believe that is weak mined white people.

  9. he can blame the annual migration of the plains indians in 1850, or an MLB player scratchin himself on national TV if he wants….fact remains he is a campfire story teller of the highest degree

  10. I have to agree with Minnie above. Scarborough should GO and all those GOP candidates that are trying to say the killings in SC are against Christians and not blacks are WRONG. I am white and I am tried of all the aggression shown against others in this country. I really had hoped we had progressed further than this. HATE must go and be replaced with TOLERANCE.
    Oh, and I like Brian Williams. Yes he made a mistake. Haven’t we all.

  11. I too stand with those above and Rachel Maddow regarding Brian Williams. I WILL BE WATCHING.

    Brian Williams stepped up, owned it and apologized. For all the rants that get posted about people not apologizing and/or being sincere about it — Williams did sincerely apologize. Last time I looked, we would give second chances to people.

    Jason — for all that I agree with on this site — this one — you lost my respect. Guess in you’re mind, you’re Mr. Perfect. Never did anything wrong. Never lied. Good freaking luck with that.

  12. I quit watching MSNBC because Joe Scarborough is such a PIG! When he is fired I will return….. He would be better suited at Faux Noise.

  13. Appears you didn’t bother to watch the interview or even the clip above. Brian Williams DID accept responsibility for his own actions. He didn’t attempt to blame anyone/anything else. He owned it!

  14. I’ve been wondering for a long time what happened with the case against JoScar with his girlfriend dead in his office???

  15. In all fairness, I heard Rachel Maddow last night and what she did say is that everyone who has admitted their mistakes (Brian has) should receive redemption . He said he’s learned from his downfall. Rachel is very honest and if she makes a misprint…she corrects is immediately . That’s all you can ask.
    I wish Keith Olberman could make a move to come back and if it’s going to require you saying you’re sorry for blowing up on camera….so be it. We would love to see your show replace Morning Joe. Maybe you’re not an early riser?? Dunno.

  16. I was really annoyed when they threw Keith out, his was my favorite free thinking show. Now we have only Rachel-sorta – she seems to be nervous lately, I get the feeling she is trying to tell us sideways WHY she says certain things and I feel I know what the pressures are on her.
    You can really see the morphing of MSNBC to the right, very gradually, with Joe now talking about ‘the people’, which he never did before, trying to get viewers to believe “the RW cares!” – when we all know what hateful pigs they have been for the past 8 years !
    I resist the Russian channel because I consider them to be dangerous also –
    I need balanced reporting because I need the fairness doctrine, but I am also not into Unions – I have seen the danger of too much power on the left also – a balanced middle is the only way that works. Where ?

  17. He didn’t just tell a bunch of lies,he told whoopers. The top people at MSNBC knew he was lying and ignored it all. Only when investigative reporting started was he exposed.

  18. Agree! Really miss Bashir; Intelligent truth-teller, never talked down to his audience; never pulled a punch.

    Spot on about her ignorant comparison re comparing the national debt to slavery. So he called her “stupid for the comparison.” Sounds right to me.

    He then read from a book written by an actual slave, describing many of the tortures he endured, among them, the horrific, humiliating, sickening practice of the other slaves being forced to defecate in his (and others’) mouths. So what if he said something about doing that to her? Surely she can’t do it on the national debt!

    He told the truth so he resigned. A gentleman. Hey Brian: try to understand the analogy.

  19. Brian Williams didn’t make a mistake reporting a story. He didn’t just mix up a few facts. On the rare occasion that occurs, the reporter retracts it as soon as it’s realized, apologizes, and life goes on. But, NO, not Brian Williams; a seasoned, well-respected tenured anchor, leader of the news department, philanthropist, embedded-correspondent and general nice guy…

    No…Williams caused his own problems. He conjured up “facts” on his own. He didn’t just report a war story, we believe to be true, he made it up! Perhaps due to some lack of self-worth, he needed to make himself look better. When Letterman called him a “war hero,” knowing what a phoney he was, one might think he’d play it down. A REAL war hero would never take a credit like that, feeling others infinitely more deserving. But NO, not Brian Williams. He smiled even broader.

    Sorry, he gets no sympathy here. And surely, only contempt from real war heroes, who risk their lives so he has the freedom to report …

  20. Brian Williams didn’t “make a mistake” reporting a story. He didn’t just mix up a few facts. On the rare occasion that occurs, the reporter retracts it as soon as it’s realized, apologizes, & life goes on. But, NO, not Brian Williams; a seasoned, well-respected tenured anchor, leader of the news department, philanthropist, embedded-correspondent & general nice guy…

    No…Williams caused his own problems. He conjured up “facts” on his own. He didn’t just “report” a war story, he made it up! Perhaps due to some lack of self-worth, he needed to make himself look better. When Letterman called him a “war hero,” knowing what a phoney he was, one might think he’d play it down. A REAL war hero would never take a credit like that, feeling others infinitely more deserving. But NO, not Brian Williams. He smiled even broader.

    Sorry, he gets no sympathy here; just contempt from real war heroes

    “A good reputation takes a lifetime to build; only a moment to destroy.”

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