NBC’s Brian Williams’ Stolen Valor: He lied about being on a helicopter hit by an RPG in Iraq *UPDATED*

Brian Williams in IraqStar & Stripes has the scoop:

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.

We call that the “Hillary Clinton” excuse.  Hillary, as you may remember, lied about sniper fire in Bosnia.

My take?

Leftists are narcissists.  Narcissists do not have objective truth.  The truth is always defined by their needs, whether emotional, professional, economic, or anything else.  The Leftist’s reality is always bounded by the needs of the moment and Williams is a Leftist.  Williams, a weedy little Leftist talking head, felt emasculated being around real warriors in Iraq (and being around some real reporters who actually went to the dangerous places). He needed to pump himself up, just as Hillary did.

UPDATE:  Michelle Malkin has found the best Brian Williams quotation ever.  Really.  Ever.

About those Hollywood smarties

I went to NBC’s site looking for something else entirely, and got waylaid by a link to Hollywood brainiacs.  I found it somewhat interesting, at least initially.  Before I begin, though, let me say that I’m absolutely certain a lot of the actors and actresses profiled are indeed really, really smart.  Having said that, there were two things that caught my eye:

1.  NBC has a clear institutional bias:  with only two exceptions (NYU and UCLA), the only people in Hollywood that NBC thinks are “smart” are the who went to Ivy League schools or Stanford.  Apparently any other universities just don’t cut the smart mustard.  As someone who knows lots of smart people who didn’t go to the Ivy Leagues, and a fair number of not-so-brights who did, I found this a peculiar line to draw.  This is especially true because many of these stars were drop-outs.  I’m more impressed with someone who graduates from, say, the University of Florida summa cum laude, than with someone who can’t hack it at the Ivies.

2.  A disproportionate number of NBC’s “smart” stars are Columbia grads or Columbia attendees.  Columbia is an interesting place.  It used to be a very Jewish university.  It is now one of the universities must hostile to Jews and to any conservative thought.  Ahmadinejad is welcome there; Ann Coulter is not.  Now, Ann may display a certain lack of tact in what she says, but she’s no Ahmadinejad when it comes to inflammatory statements.  And unlike Ahmadinejad, she doesn’t have a nuclear arsenal to back up those same statements.  Yet she is not welcome at Columbia, and he is. I pay very little attention to the lives of individual Hollywood people and, in fact, hadn’t heard of many of the names on the list, so I have no idea what their personal politics and beliefs are.  I just find it interest that so many of them attended college distinguished for its far-Left, antisemitic politics.

After finding the above two strands, I got bored, and didn’t bother to see if there were any other patterns linking those “smart” stars.  Do you see any?

The President and his peons

That would be NBC’s Brian Williams you see making his graceful little homage to the King . . . er, the President:

During the feudal era, the structure was king, high nobles, knights, everyone else.  Obeisance was expected from the person in the lower position to the person in the higher position.  In this new era, we’re starting to get a feel for our new hierarchical relations:  Media people bow to Obama, Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia.  Welcome to the new Dark Ages.

Hat tip:  JammieWearingFool