NEW YORK- Brian Williams Scandal has become the hot cake for media, whether conventional or digital. It has sparked various debates regarding the legitimacy of disingenuous statements made on the media. But it has also opened the door for recognition of the tremendous power digital media wields.
It is pertinent to mention that the issue which came buzzing on media in 2015 had been raised 12 years ago by the soldiers who recently caused the suspension of widely known anchor of National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Brian Williams on giving an exaggerated version of a copter attack in Iraq in 2003.
What happened was that Brian Williams in NBC’s Nightly News recounted a copter attack which happened in Iraq and he was among the recipients. The soldiers who were there in the helicopter negated such claim. But initially their efforts went into vain.
It was possible only after the inception of worldwide digital media that the anchor’s misstatements got recognized by the world. After the show got beamed, the soldiers including Joe Summerlin and others, resented over the exaggeration tried to protest by leaving notes of complaint in the news vans of rival networks, but their efforts went futile. So only the thing they could do was to change the channel whenever Williams appeared on screen.
But 12 years later, the digital media listened to their grievances, and it was unexpected for themselves even. The story started with face comments, intensified on Twitter and reached apex at YouTube when the young detectives consulted the video site to check the facts and it all ended up with putting a question mark on Williams’s ten year career.
It all started to happen when NBC uploaded a clip of Mr. Williams recounting the copter attack on its “NBC Nightly News” Facebook page and the flight engineer of the helicopter, Lance Reynold commented, “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.”
“I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened,” he added. The other soldiers who were there in the copter also agreed and said that Mr. Williams was on a following helicopter away from the one that was attacked.
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