Lies, lies, lies.
So Brian Williams lied about his helicopter experience in Iraq and everyone is jumping on the condemnation train. Before the military supporters begin telling me that this somehow diminishes their sacrifice, let me hold up my hand in stop sign fashion.
I get it. But, do we really get to throw stones? Who among us has never told a lie or embellished the truth just a bit to make us look better? Who hasn’t said, “I only lied to protect your feelings.”
We are all guilty of a revisionist history. It’s the very way our brain recalls memories. The memory cannot be relied on to be accurate. Every time we recall the past, or pull up a memory, it’s been compromised by our past recollections. Some childhood events that I believed were my memories, I’ve discover are actually a re-telling of the event by another family member.
I’m not going to begin to analyze or make assumptions about how and why Brian Williams recalled events in a way that was not true to the facts, and I will not jump on the bandwagon that now believes he’s lied about everything.
I do, however, find it ironic that a whole war with Iraq based on lies and false facts fed to the press and the American people is less troublesome to many people than Brian William’s helicopter tale. At least his lie hurt no one but himself.