How to avoid Brian Williams’ misstep

I have to admit: I have always liked Brian Williams. His manner as anchor of the NBC Nightly News was a steadfast at Tom Brokaw, and he made it his own with humor in his writing. In my opinion, his reporting seemed to be on target, and he seemed to care about the people and issues he was covering. But when he got caught in a lie in February, all of that unraveled to the point that I’m not sure what to think of Williams now. That’s one of the reasons I said then that I didn’t think his apology went far enough.

This is another example of the power of social media, as The New York Times reported Sunday. As we all know, it doesn’t take long for news like this to catch fire and go viral in this age of schadenfreude when people enjoy watching others, especially those in lofty positions, fall from grace.Read more