Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.
The American public can forgive anything but arrogance. The Brian Williams saga is another good example.
By all accounts Williams lied about his escapade aboard a Blackhawk helicopter over Northern Israel. First he claimed he was in a helicopter that was shot down. Later, after being challenged by a military engineer who was at the scene, he claimed he was actually flying in a helicopter behind the one that was shot down. He even gave more detail by sharing that rocket fire flew beneath his helicopter as he traveled with ‘a high-ranking general in the Israeli Defense Forces’ at 1,500 feet.
That account also was not accurate or true. In his apology he said “the fog of memory over 12 years” was responsible for his mistake. It is obvious he exaggerated to make himself sound braver, better, and tougher than he is in reality. Can anyone honestly say they never exaggerated a story?
However, the issue is not necessarily with the lie but his cavalier attitude about it. It was the fog of memory? Really? Come on. If he would have faced the camera and said “I exaggerated the story in an attempt to bolster my credentials. I’m sorry. I’d like to chalk it up to youthful exuberance but that is no excuse. I promise I will earn your trust again by doing my job to the best of my abilities.”
If he would have done that the story is over because everyone exaggerates. Everyone knows politicians are lying every time their lips move. By now, most people realize the media is full of Liberal bias and mouthpieces for Liberal elite. What most people cannot stand is arrogance. Look up Gary Hart for that lesson!
But Williams did not take responsibility for his actions. He did not hold himself accountable. He looked for an out and thought his stature was enough to gain forgiveness or, worse yet, have his transgression overlooked. In short, he blew it with the American public.
Of course, now his Liberal friends are blaming conservative blogs, writers, and social media hounds for blowing the story out of proportion. Their rallying cry is that Williams really didn’t do anything wrong or it’s not like he killed someone. As usual, Liberals fail to grasp the concept of taking responsibility for actions.
Can you imagine the uproar if a conservative host was caught telling the same lie? Do you think the media would think differently about the issue if Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity were caught in a lie?
The question that immediately comes to mind is what else has Williams fabricated? What other stories has he skewed to sway public opinion? There will always be that shadow of a doubt whenever he reports on a story but he earned and deserves his fate.
However, everyone deserves a second chance and he should have the opportunity to redeem himself. I do not think he should lose his job but I do believe he should not get it back until he owns up to his lies and then starts rebuilding his credibility.
The lesson everyone needs to learn is how to take responsibility for actions and accept the consequences. This is a concept most Liberals struggle to accept. They are always looking for “a reason” to explain an indiscretion that absolves them of any wrongdoing. The Devil made me do it defense does not play well when you are an adult.
Everyone makes mistakes. How a person handles the mistake and subsequent fallout dictates his or her character. Those with integrity and honor know there is no one to blame but them for their decisions and actions. Those without integrity and blame look to blame others.
As the theme song in Baretta blared “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.” The quickest way to let any scandal die is to admit your mistake, promise to change your ways and move on. Of course, you need to mean it too!