Further to Barry Arrington, asking: Why Does NBC News Continue to Employ a Known Liar?,
Williams will lose his lofty NBC position and face a reduction of salary from $15 million to $10 million per year. On MSNBC, Williams will handle special reports and anchor breaking news coverage. While it is astonishing that he still has any journalistic position and will be earning such a salary after his downfall, the reality is that Williams will be working for MSNBC, a network watched mainly by liberal zealots. Williams survived because he is also a liberal. Unquestionably, a conservative in a similar position would have been quickly fired with no hesitation.
That’s probably because conservatives are expected to have at least some relationship to traditional notions like fact and evidence, disputed today by those who think that our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth.
Obviously, this creative storyteller will have zero credibility with informed viewers, which is why the move to MSNBC makes sense. No viewer who watches hosts such as Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews expects honest reporting. All viewers see on MSNBC is hard core liberal activism disguised as journalism.
Through his years of lies, Williams showed a callous disregard for the viewers who entrusted him to truthfully report the news. As an anchor with a propensity to lie and exaggerate, Williams has now been assigned to a network worthy of his talents.
Yes, exactly. His talent is to create a persona that his new crop of viewers need and want to believe in and to spin news and current events in a manner acceptable to them. Fact and evidence are optional.
Note: This is relevant to ID because in the atmosphere created and possibly soon dominated by people like Brian Williams, one must nonetheless keep on the lookout for people who want an evidence-based discussion about science issues. Free from the current war on falsifiability.
Remember, if falsifiability were illegal in media today, Williams would still have his $15m per year job, unchallenged. No wonder some are listening with interest to arguments against falsifiability. It has a way wider application than just the sciences.
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