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By Scott Whitlock | February 6, 2015 | 3:39 PM EST

According to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, "fear" is setting in at NBC as the executives and journalists there worry over the widening "questions" being raised about Brian Williams. 

By P.J. Gladnick | February 6, 2015 | 3:38 PM EST

Notorious DUer, William Rivers Pitt, who along with his TruthOut colleague, Jason Leopold, published a "scoop" nine years ago that Karl Rove had been indicted. That story collapsed but Pitt is back again with yet another "scoop" of equal veracity that TurboTax was hacked. Because this scoop went viral, a representative of TurboTax was forced to post the truth on Pitt's Democatic Underground thread that in fact TurboTax was not hacked.

The sight of Pitt eating crow yet again caused quite a bit of mirth on the Web including even from his fellow DUers who viciously mocked Pitt for posting yet another false "scoop."


By Kyle Drennen | February 6, 2015 | 3:33 PM EST

Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd was simultaneously critical and sympathetic toward President Obama while lamenting the commander-in-chief's poor handling of foreign policy: " do get the sense that there is a form of Iraq war syndrome that has impacted the administration here. Where are they doing everything that they want to do or are they only doing what they think they can do under the circumstances just because of the way the Iraq war was impacted so much of the political psyche and their own psyche?"

By Matthew Balan | February 6, 2015 | 3:26 PM EST

MSNBC's resident socialist Lawrence O'Donnell made a whopper of a historical claim on the Thursday edition of his program. In the midst of ripping President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech earlier in the day, O'Donnell asserted that "Catholicism was the most murderous force on the face of the Earth for hundreds of years."

By Clay Waters | February 6, 2015 | 2:46 PM EST

A New York Times military correspondent filed a useful story on the problem of military veterans being stereotyped as violent and troubled on movies and TV. But what about when the Times was guilty of doing the same thing on its Sunday front page, smearing veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as killers on "a cross-country trail of death and heartbreak"?

By Tim Graham | February 6, 2015 | 1:31 PM EST

The New York Times caught up to Thursday’s Washington Post and put the Brian Williams phony-RPG scandal on the front page on Friday. This surely explains how ABC and CBS were shamed into acknowledging this was real on TV on Friday morning.

“With Apology, Williams Digs Himself Deeper” was the Times headline, and the story continued onto page B-8, which was entirely dedicated to the Williams scandal. Inside the pull quote was “Some have called for Brian Williams to quit over his story of being fired on in Iraq.”

By Claire Chretien | February 6, 2015 | 12:57 PM EST

A handy review of media critics who have been speaking out against Brian Williams, most of whom are also politically liberal.

By Tim Graham | February 6, 2015 | 12:52 PM EST

Making up for its tiny A-3 brief on the Brian Williams scandal on Thursday, USA Today’s splashy front-page headline on Friday was “Brian Williams loses credibility with ‘mistake.’" The story was actually Rem Rieder’s tough commentary that went online yesterday. The subheadline was “Hard to see how anchor will survive as face of NBC News.” It even jumped over to A-2 with the headline “Brian Williams’ plays with truth.”

Rieder's commentary also showed up on the front page of The New York Times, with the line "It's hard to see how Williams gets past this, and how he survives as the face of NBC News."

By Jack Coleman | February 6, 2015 | 12:06 PM EST

MSNBC's ratings are bad and getting worse by the month, and what a wonder this isn't when its marquee evening host refuses to ditch the myths of her ideology in favor of indisputable facts.

The network's Rachel Maddow, a self-described "national security liberal," seldom lets a week pass without blaming former president George W. Bush for something, anything that's gone wrong, especially in the Middle East, that bastion of peace and stability until the convulsions of the Bush junta.

By Curtis Houck | February 6, 2015 | 11:54 AM EST

Fox News contributors Bernard Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer appeared on separate Fox News Channel (FNC) programs on Thursday to weigh in on the controversy surrounding NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams severe case of lying with Goldberg declaring it “a special kind of lie” Williams committed and Krauthammer remarking that “what stuns me is how dumb this is.”

By Kyle Drennen | February 6, 2015 | 11:43 AM EST

On Friday's CBS This Morning, substitute co-host Jeff Glor introduced a report on the growing scandal surrounding NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams by proclaiming: "This morning, one of the biggest names in media is fighting for his reputation....On Wednesday, Williams said he was sorry for saying his helicopter in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003. That never happened. It's an account that has changed over the years."

By Scott Whitlock | February 6, 2015 | 11:28 AM EST

ABC on Friday finally woke up to the scandal engulfing NBC competitor Brian Williams. Good Morning America's David Wright covered the story and gravely intoned, "This controversy threatens to tarnish the reputation of America's number one news anchor."

By Matthew Balan | February 6, 2015 | 11:12 AM EST

Conan O'Brien poked fun of NBC's Brian Williams on the late Thursday/early Friday edition of his TBS program over his false Iraq War claim. O'Brien played a montage of the anchor's own footage from NBC Nightly News, but edited it to insert the journalist into news events from recent years – including having Williams fly the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane landing in 2009 and make the first ascent of the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.

By Tim Graham | February 6, 2015 | 8:31 AM EST

The New Orleans Advocate is finding the locals skeptical about Brian Williams catching dysentery from Katrina flood waters. “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” former city health director Dr. Brobson Lutz said. "I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”

By Tom Blumer | February 6, 2015 | 1:24 AM EST

If Brian Williams or any of the executives at NBC thought that the controversy over his "fake Iraq story" might start to die down, developments this evening have proven that they were sadly mistaken.

The quoted words in the previous sentence are from a headline at an Associated Press story by David Bauder, the wire service's TV writer. The fact that the nation's self-described "essential global news network" felt comfortable using those words to describe the 12 year-old saga of Williams's fabricated adventure in Iraq is actually among the least of his and his network's troubles tonight. Two major stories at the New York Post's Page Six appear to have made their continuing with the status quo very difficult to imagine.