Sarah Palin has written a lengthy Facebook post attacking Brian Williams for lying when reporting on her after her acceptance speech to the RNC in 2008. First though, she attacks William’s corrupt colleagues-
Let’s consider the herd mentality these journalists use to empower and cover for each other. It’s precisely the way a corrupt organization works, like a crime syndicate. Remember the “JournoList” scandal where hundreds of prominent members of the media were finally exposed for operating a secret internet chat group to strategize on how they would cover (read: spin) the news of the day to fit their leftwing agenda, regardless of truth? I haven’t forgotten. They would stop at nothing.
Then she outlines how Williams repeated a smear about her “burning books”.
Brian Williams repeated on national television a completely false story that I banned books while I served in office. He did so by reading on air a completely false op-ed by another unethical character who’s never clarified nor apologized for including that outrageous censorship lie, among many others. (Thanks, Joe Klein, hope you’re keeping it classy.) Those lies – proclaimed on air as if Williams was merely reporting “the news” – were heard by many that night.
Lies like that were like a gut punch to my parents that knocked down the foundation of trust they’ve lived their good lives upon, for they realized, defenselessly, the power of a corrupt press. The media lies rung a bell that can never be “un-rung.” In the minds of millions of Americans, I was tainted as an anti-First Amendment book banning wacko.
Brian Williams lied about me in order to affect the way I would be perceived by Americans during the 2008 election. He lies. There is no other way around it. But what’s especially disgusting is the way his corrupt colleagues covered for him.
The corruption of journalism in the West will be written about one day, in more enlightened times, and it will be considered remarkable, in the same way the growth of Nazism in Germany is now considered remarkable, that a profession once respected and honoured was converted into a disreputable and derelict political propaganda machine for the Progressives.
Update: Seems Palin is pretty right about “covering for each other”. The LA Times is reporting that NBC News is standing by Brian Williams after the anchor’s admission that he embellished his role in a military incident during the Iraq war. The network has not commented publicly, but an executive familiar with the matter says Williams will face no disciplinary action. His apology, delivered during the Wednesday edition of “NBC Nightly News,” was accepted internally.