Now that everyone in the free world knows the blunder Brian Williams made, let me put it in context. He made an attempt to apologize.
At least one guy, Christopher Chabris, is hypothesizing for newsy Brian that it could be a case of “false memory”.
An analogy of Brian’s tale is this: the difference between experiencing the effects of a tornado, to surveying the damage ten minutes after it went through.There is a huge difference. One does remember that kind of distinction. To conflate one with the other is a false memory? There’s also a difference between landing and a “hard landing” as he claimed.
But it is curious how many others in the media come to his defense, volunteering to attest to his honesty, bravery, and gutsy character. Enter Dan Rather.
Brian is an honest, decent man, an excellent reporter and anchor–and a brave one. I can attest that — like his predecessor Tom Brokaw — he is a superb pro, and a gutsy one.”
Of course a “false memory” could be whether you turned the coffee pot off or locked the door before leaving. But this distinction is breathtaking. I really thought it was me face-jumping off that building. I would have soon remembered, correctly, that it wasn’t. Because if this were an honest mistake, it required also denying the truth.
I bet that Baghdad Bob was probably a professor of false memory. Hillary Clinton is probably one person who wished Williams wouldn’t have said that right now.