Tall Tale by NBC Anchor ‘Harms All Serious Journalists’

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NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams got the facts wrong about his flight into the Iraq war zone in 2003, then he got the apology wrong, says a Los Angeles Times editorial. With more of his public statements attracting media scrutiny, he has stepped aside as anchor temporarily while NBC investigates. His travails are the latest illustration of the perils of celebrity journalism, in which the story takes a back seat to the person telling it. Williams' stature as the country's most-watched journalist means that his plunge in believability harms not only himself, but potentially all serious . . .

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