When does it pay to lie? When your name is Brian Williams and slapped on the wrist for telling lies and suspended without pay for 6 months as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News. He just recently got “reassigned” as breaking news anchor for MSNBC– and given a lower salary than his $10 million per year contract he was previously making. This is considered somewhat of a demotion in newsroom circles. Off the air for 6 months! Oh, poor Brian. And now making less than $10 mil a year…what’s a person to do??
NBC has now proven that it’s ok to embellish the truth, and as Williams stated, “get sloppy” for the advancement of his own career. Tsk, tsk. Shame on Williams and NBC for thinking that the American people will sweep it under the rug, and ignore the values that parents teach their children . . . truthfulness, responsibility and admission of wrongdoings with consequences?
It also has become known that many of the staffers who worked with Williams at NBC knew that he exaggerated, lied, made up stories, or whatever it is called. No one wanted to blow the whistle for fear of losing their jobs. What a crazy predicament to be in . . . stand up for what you know is the right thing to do and be unemployed, or look the other way and not get involved.
At the end of the day, if we compare this situation to some of the atrocities going on in our world, this is just a tiny piece of sand on the beach, but ultimately truthfulness is one of the most important traits a person can have.
What, in your opinion, should Brian Williams get? Deal or no deal?