Brian Williams

Why Fox News is winning

The left-wing likes to criticise Fox News.

Sure it has its faults but the most important thing is its audience and they know that.

Tom Bevan at RealClearPolitics explains:

There are plenty of reasons that explain Fox News? ratings dominance over the past decade and a half, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University sheds light on at least one major factor: trust. When voters were asked ?Whose news coverage do you trust the most?? Fox News beat out all other television news organizations ? on network and cable. Here?s a look at the results (the numbers on the X axis are percentages; “don’t know” responses are not shown):

foxnews1 Read more »

Making stuff up always catches you out eventually


Brian Williams is already suspended without pay for 6 months after being busted telling lies about his past.

But now his entire life and public comments are being unpacked…and it is being discovered that he is a real life Walter Mitty, who has spent his entire career fabricating his attendance at more events than even Kris Faafoi.

Now he is busted?making up watching the Berlin Wall come down.

Yet another dubious firsthand claim by Brian Williams has come to light, this one involving one of the most significant moments in the 20th century: the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

During a forum discussion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2008, Williams was asked by an audience?member to tell about his biggest ?wow? journalistic moment.

?What was my wow ? I?ve been so fortunate,? he said. ?I was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the wall came down.?

The only problem, as CBS Los Angeles notes, is that Williams was assuredly not there the ?night the wall came down.? The only American anchorman there to report the historic moment live was Tom Brokaw. Williams arrived the next day.

Read more »

Someone’s actual job is to put this sort of thing together. Can we get a Judy Bailey version?

The Romneyshambles

? Salon

Mitt Romeny is standing for President of the United States. That position is often described as leader of the free world, but his efforts in london suggest he might just be a tool. Not only is he?tone deaf, but he said some silly things and did dumb things like on take questions from pommy reporters.

One of those pommy reporters hashtagged it #romneyshambles:

Maybe he was just trying to make up for his adviser hyping?his ?Anglo-Saxon heritage.??On Thursday, rather than displaying his affinity for the British, Mitt Romney insulted them by questioningthe professionalism of their Olympics planning.

?It?s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting,? he told NBC?s Brian Williams. ?The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.? The British press was unamused. The Telegraph?s website screamed: ?Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney?s suggestion Britain is not ready,? while The Times of London headlined the story ?PM rebuffs Romney over readiness for Olympics.?

Cameron himself told reporters: ?This is a time of some economic difficulty for the UK, but look at what we are capable of achieving as a nation even at a difficult economic time,? he said. ?I think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom but also we?re extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.?

Clearly, the same can?t be said for Romney.

?I will obviously make those points to Mitt Romney,? Cameron added. ?I look forward to meeting him.?

I bet. Way to keep that ?special relationship? special, Mitt.

I?ve called Romney ?gaffe-tastic? before, but I found myself shocked by his tone-deaf, condescending remarks in London. I mean, we expect it in this country. Romney?s Olympics gaffe made me think about when, campaigning in Pittsburgh, the candidate insulted a local bakery by disdaining its baked goods. ?I?m not sure about these cookies. They don?t look like you made them,? Romney said to the woman next to him. ?No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.? In fact they came from the local Bethel Bakery, whose owner later told MSNBC?s Lawrence O?Donnell he was offended by Romney?s remarks.