I certainly hope not. Williams lied and he should be fired. There are no 2 ways about it. There is no defense of what he did. There is no “misremembering” going on here. The NBC anchor is very clearly a liar.
And yet some people will defend him. Why?
Because Williams plays for the “right team.” He says what a certain group wants to be said. He has a general disposition which is acceptable to a certain group of folks. He has a certain style. A wink and a nod. And the thing is, with this group there is the belief that truth is fleeting anyway, that the only reality is power.
Truth? Truth is for suckers. Just keep lying until the critics go away. That’s what Bill Clinton did, and look at him now. He’s almost back in the White House.
“It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”
It’s the same tack as Lois Lerner at the IRS and the other Clinton who claimed that she was once under fire in Kosovo. (She was not.) And countless other so called “progressives” who have temporarily fallen into hot water. Heck if Anthony Weiner wasn’t such a sociopath he’d probably be mayor of New York right now.*
If one is on the “right team” there is a set method for dealing with this kind of crisis. The key is to look people in the eye while keeping a straight face while shoveling the bull while acting mildly contrite in a very noncommittal kind of way. Do these things and you will likely survive. Any timidness or visible remorse and you’re done so lie like your career depends on it. Which it does.
This isn’t to say progressives lie more than non-progressives, just that there is a progressive playbook for lie induced crisis. Acting honorably in the face of disgrace has no place when employing the lessons of this book. It’s only disgraceful if you acknowledge that your action is disgraceful. So don’t.
Honor, like truth, is for suckers.
(From The Federalist)
If you play for the right team and tell a lie that’s helpful to your team’s cause, you’re untouchable. You’ll be protected. Maybe even promoted. In political media in America today, you can’t be on the right team unless you’re a liberal. Conservatives and Republicans? They’re on the wrong team.
What happens if you’re on the wrong team but tell a lie that’s helpful to the right team? Easy: you get “strange new respect” from the right team. This dynamic explains David Brock’s career and evolution from so-called conservative hit man to shameless progressive propagandist.
What happens if you are on the wrong team and tell the wrong lie: a lie that hurts, rather than helps, the right team? That’s a no-brainer. You are toast. Nothing can save you.
*Almost forgot Al Sharpton who has taken this method of crisis management to the level of art.