Brian Williams and the Truth

I’m a little late to the party on the Brian Williams thing, but that’s because I can’t really bring myself to care that much about it. Because people stopped caring about the truth a long time ago.

Back when I first started blogging, I liked debating issues of the day, because it felt like, by working through issues from opposing sides, we were collectively moving closer to the truth. And it felt like the truth was the goal for everybody, even those who disagreed with you.

Maybe things have changed since then, or maybe I was just childishly naive to start with, but it’s obvious that nobody cares about getting to the truth anymore. Instead, people have a picture in their minds of what they want the world to be, and they cherry-pick facts, or ignore them, or twist them, in an effort to bend reality to fit their vision. Never the other way around. And among the worst offenders in this are the people who call themselves “journalists.”

I don’t want Brian Williams to get fired, or resign, or even apologize. I want him to stay there in the NBC anchor chair forever, as a shining example of what you get from the mainstream media and liberalism (but I repeat myself). The DiploMad says it like this:

The fundamental problem progressives such as Williams face is that the world is not as they would have it. Not at all. Many if not most of them have limited experience in the real world, having spent lives of wealth and privilege, sheltered in progressive educational institutions. They have very superficial knowledge of the world outside these bubbles, and rely, therefore, to a great deal on Hollywood. They incorporate into their personae the largely leftist rubbish pumped out by Hollywood.

Your standard progressive activist has really done nothing very interesting, so he or she needs to get proper credentials, to show that he or she knows what’s what, and that progressivism is what the world needs to deal with “problems”–after all, isn’t life just a series of problems calling for progressive intervention? They want to see what they believe.


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