Maureen Dowd, of all people, has decided that she is going to pile on Brian Williams for not being totally honest and how everyone laughs at him for being a bullshitter.
NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.
This is Maureen Fucking Dowddeciding she can get snarky about a pompous media figure jut making shit up.
The following two paragraphs are from Dowd's last column. These are the two least self-aware paragraphs ever written by any author ever and if you have other challengers for this Award please don't even fucking tell me about it.
Although there was much chatter about the “revered” anchor and the “moral authority” of the networks, does anyone really feel that way anymore? Frothy morning shows long ago became the more important anchoring real estate, garnering more revenue and subsidizing the news division. One anchor exerted moral authority once and that was Walter Cronkite, because he risked his career to go on TV and tell the truth about the fact that we were losing the Vietnam War.
But TV news now is rife with cat, dog and baby videos, weather stories and narcissism. And even that fare caused trouble for Williams when he reported on a video of a pig saving a baby goat, admitting “we have no way of knowing if it’s real,” and then later had to explain that it wasn’t. The nightly news anchors are not figures of authority. They’re part of the entertainment, branding and cross-promotion business.
Maureen. Fucking. Dowd.