Brian Williams,a well-known reporter and anchor for NBC nightly news, was suspended from his nightly news broadcast for six months for lying about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq. He instead was in a helicopter that wasn't fire upon and was about an hour behind the helicopter that was shot. Brian Williams claimed that he misremembered the facts. Most people however think he lied to to further advance his career by enhancing his background.
Most people trust that the stories they hear on the news are accurate. The major news networks have been seen as a reliable source of information about the world around us. The internet has changed the way the world views news. Social media has also played an important role in bringing real time information about world events. But the internet has also allowed for news to be intermixed with entertainment.
Was NBC right in suspending Brian Williams for six months?
Brian Wilson also had received awards for his reporting on Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami disaster. Should we question the accuracy of those reports now that we know he lied about Iraq?
Are the traditional news sources, especially the network work news becoming less important in the internet age?
How should we get our news and what can be done to ensure fair and accurate reporting?