by Roger Pynn
Brian Williams is damaged goods and as much as I am a believer in forgiveness and second chances, as a business person I can’t imagine him coming back from six months of unpaid leave. This morning’s mumblings on CNN even included a suggestion that Williams would be the ideal replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the “New Day” team laughing about the irony of a real journalist trending for fake journalism and a fake journalist trending for retiring.
There’s a difference between the penalty box in a hockey match and the punishment Williams has been given. He wasn’t sentenced for a one-time mistake. He was put on ice for the most fundamental error in his craft. If you are interested in news, you want the reporting to be honest (and, by the way, there’s only 100 percent when it comes to honesty).
All journalists bear a special responsibility to earn trust. They operate with special constitutional protection and their audience should expect no less than a total commitment to earning and keeping their trust.
Ask yourself, “Will I ever be 100 percent sure that I can trust what he’s telling me?”