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February 11, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Brian Williams’ suspension: Everybody embellishes

Brian Williams and his lack of judgment have become a high-profile story in the media [“NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay,” Nation & World, Feb. 10]. Unfortunately, the story has become something more than the person.

Consider a journalist who has put himself in situations more dangerous than his station would require. Ponder how his commitment to his profession has affected his actions. Consider that, ignoring the network marketing, we have someone who has represented the best in trustworthy information night after night.

Did Williams make a mistake? Reports suggest he made more than one. To that I would say: “Let those who are free of sin cast the first stone.”

There are many who have related embellished personal experiences for what are perceived to be a personal benefit, how we appear to others, or simply because doing so somehow makes us feel better about ourselves. Remember when Al Gore said he created the Internet?

Embellishing is part of the human condition. For any one of us to condemn what has been said by Brian Williams is to accept that the deeds being condemned are somehow worse than ours.

It’s time to get real. It’s not about the media, it’s about being honest with ourselves.

Gordon Harman, Sammamish

Comments | More in Media | Topics: Al Gore, Brian Williams, ethics

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