Why is Anyone Shocked About Brian Williams Being a Liar?

Many in the media and pundit world are shocked that Brian Williams has been telling lies.  So are news listeners.  My question is: why? Sad to say, journalists have been lying in the USA for hundreds of years.  And Mr. Williams is hardly the worst offender.  James Callender, a supporter of Thomas Jefferson, printed in a Richmond newspaper that President John Adams was a “hermaphrodite” during the presidential campaign of 1800.  Why did he say this?  Callender was on Jefferson’s payroll.  Not to be outdone, media supporters of Andrew Jackson falsely charged John Quincy Adams with using the White House as a brothel during the campaign of 1828, a charge that was blatantly false. Journalists have often lied in times of war.  On June 3 1864, the Union Army of the Potomac fought the battle of Cold Harbor.  The Union charge that day was a complete disaster, resulting in between 10,000 to 15,000 casualties in less than 30...(Read Full Post)