Mark Fiore on Brian Williams and the “Frog of War” (VIDEO)

By Elaine Magliaro

Award-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore said that it boggles his mind “how Brian Williams could embellish and ‘misremember’ an event like his helicopter ride in Iraq years ago.” He added that “the firestorm around his imagined combat experience is inordinately fierce compared to the relative silence around all of the other Iraq War-era ‘misrememberings, journalistic and otherwise.”

Fiore asked if we remember the “networks’ ‘military analysts’ who were part of a coordinated Pentagon propaganda campaign to sell the war, who personally profited from defense contracts at the same time…” He said he couldn’t “remember any higher-ups in the media or the military getting fired or suspended because of that shameful episode.”

Brian Williams & the Frog of War

Fiore:

I think the “fog of war” as an excuse should be left for the people who are actually fighting the war. You know, the ones who may actually experience fog, dust and obscured vision. (Not to mention traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.) The rear echelon politicians, cheerleaders and war planners seem to have another sort of selective memory, that’s where the Frog of War comes in. 

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BRIAN WILLIAMS AND THE FROG OF WAR (Mark Fiore)

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10 Responses to Mark Fiore on Brian Williams and the “Frog of War” (VIDEO)

  1. pete says:

    Cry havoc! and let slip the frogs of war.

    Hey, works for that too. ribit isil ribit

  2. eniobob says:

    I think Brian has company:

    “Bush Bungles Chicago Foreign Policy Speech, Raises $4.2M

    http://www.progressillinois.com/news/content/2015/02/18/bush-bungles-chicago-foreign-policy-speech-raises-42m

    So if he knew what he was talking about he would have gotten more money ?

  3. Elaine M. says:

    My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams
    By Cenk Uygur
    Posted: 02/09/2015
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/my-ironic-defense-of-bria_b_6645320.html

    Excerpt:
    On the other hand, I’m the guy who wrote the piece Why Brian Williams is Irrelevant. The current controversy surrounding him ties in well with that article I wrote many years ago. People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That’s the real problem.

    If the rest of the press scapegoat Williams and feign righteous indignation over his lie, as they are in the middle of doing now, it will be unbearable. Where were all of those people when we were being sold a bill of goods on Iraq? Oh I know, on air. They sold us those lies en masse. So, please don’t pretend you have integrity now. Please don’t pretend that the real problem is an exaggeration about a tiny story in the middle of the war.

    Sixty-nine percent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was personally responsible for 9/11 when we invaded Iraq. That is the biggest failure of the media I have ever seen. Has anyone apologized for that yet? Has anyone been fired for that yet? If you want to fire all of the executives and editors who let that lie be sold to the American people through their media outlets, then I’m a 100% with you. Then we can also fire Brian Williams.

    Don’t get me wrong, Williams was definitely part of that media machine. His much bigger issue is that he never told his audience that he had generals on the air who are being paid by defense contractors to push more war while they pretended to be objective analysts. That’s a firing offense! But then you’d have to fire almost everyone at NBC, wouldn’t you?

    While we’re firing people, find me the MSNBC executives who got rid of Phil Donahue and Ashleigh Banfield for speaking out against the war. You fire those guys and Brian Williams at the same time and you’ve got a deal. But their offense was a thousand percent worse and there was never even a discussion about firing them.

  4. eniobob says:

    “After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn’t “half as responsible as the men who forged the nation.” He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other “distortions” by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O’Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/bill-oreilly-brian-williams-falklands-war

  5. Elaine M. says:

    Eniobob,

    I read that Mother Jones article last night. Interesting.

    *****

    David Corn hits back at Bill O’Reilly
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/david-corn-hits-back-at-bill-oreilly-202828.html#.VOaASwYYOuM.twitter

    Excerpt:
    David Corn, the lead author of a new report alleging that Bill O’Reilly lied about his Falklands War experience, says the Fox News anchor is hiding behind name calling and refusing to account for legitimate discrepancies in his statements.

    “To me, the issue here is whether a media figure and journalist like Bill O’Reilly, who claims to be a truth teller, can get away without answering questions about specific statements he’s made, and hide behind name calling,” Corn told the On Media blog on Thursday. “I would encourage anyone else who covers this story to get Bill O’Reilly to answer those quesitons — if not to me, than to anyone else.”

    Corn’s remarks came immediately after O’Reilly called Corn “a liar” and a “despicable guttersnipe” during an interview with On Media. O’Reilly said that he “never claimed to have been on the Falkland Islands” and that Corn’s report, for Mother Jones, was “a piece of garbage.”

    In the report, Corn alleges that O’Reilly repeatedly misled viewers by claiming to have been in a war zone during the conflict between England and Argentina in 1982. In his book, in public appearances and on his television program, O’Reilly has claimed to have been “in an active war zone” in the Falklands, despite the fact that no American correspondents are believed to have reached the combat zones on the islands.

    O’Reilly was present at a public protest in Buenos Aires against the military junta, following the Argentine surrender to England. In Thursday’s interview, Corn called this a protest situation that no reasonable person would categorize as a “war zone” experience.

    “He said he was in the war zone during the Falkland Island conflicts — the conflict was in the Falkland Islands, it was not in Buenos Aires,” Corn said. “He covered a protest after the war was over in Buenos Aires. I don’t think that’s a reasonable definiton of a combat situation. If you look up ‘combat situation’ in the dictionary, it’s not ‘an ugly protest’.”

    Corn also told On Media that he gave O’Reilly and Fox News more than nine hours to respond to the issues raised in his report, and that they never responded to him.

  6. eniobob says:

    Elaine:
    “David Corn hits back at Bill O’Reilly”

    This could turn out to be very interesting,I think if O’Reilly starts getting more bothered and louder
    on this issue,Well as they say “there is some there,there”.

  7. Elaine M. says:

    eniobob,

    Corn is definitely not backing down. He wrote another column today:

    These Are the Questions Bill O’Reilly Won’t Answer
    Why won’t the Fox News host address the evidence he mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience?
    —By David Corn | Fri Feb. 20, 2015
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/questions-bill-oreilly-falklands-david-corn

  8. Elaine M. says:

    Mother Jones calls on O’Reilly to apologize
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/mother-jones-calls-on-oreilly-to-apologize-202873.html

    Excerpt:
    The editors-in-chief at Mother Jones have written a letter to Fox News requesting that Bill O’Reilly apologize for saying that journalist David Corn deserved to be “in the kill zone,” the On Media blog has learned.

    The letter comes one day after the Fox News host called Corn “a liar” and a “despicable guttersnipe” because of a report he wrote alleging that O’Reilly lied about his Falklands War experience. In one of several interviews with reporters, O’Reilly said that he expected Corn “to be in the kill zone. Where he deserves to be.”

    “We are writing with alarm about Bill O’Reilly’s response to our report investigating his characterizations of his reporting in ‘war zones,'” EICs Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein wrote to Fox News EVP Bill Shine and spokesperson Dana Klinghoffer. “We welcome criticism, but calling for our reporter ‘to be in the kill zone’ crosses a line. Like everyone in media today, we are concerned about the safety of our staff. We’d have hoped that statements with this kind of violent tone would not come from a fellow media professional.”

    Jeffrey and Bauerlein said that O’Reilly should either “renounce his ‘kill zone’ remark and apologize” on air Friday night or “issue a separate statement renouncing the remark and apologizing.”

  9. eniobob says:

    Comment from the Mother Jones link :

    ” peakofelephants • a day ago

    Would have been better off directing some of these questions at Bill’s ghostwriter. I suspect the silence from Fox is due more to lack of functional literacy than anything else. Maybe try re-sending the list, but with illustrations and smaller words?”

    OUCH!!

  10. It gets better. Seems that Billo got thrown out of Argentina by CBS for endangering the life of a cameraman. They had been ordered to not use lights because the photofloods would likely attract the attention of hostile crowds. Billo’s ego wanted equal time with the most senior reporter, Bob Schieffer, who was to do the only report. The Ego That Walks Like A Man demanded the cameraman turn on lights so HE could do the report. CBS sent him packing.

    More to the story in a diary by ericlewis0:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/21/1365950/-CBS-Ordered-O-Reilly-to-Leave-Argentina-for-Risking-Life-of-Cameraman?detail=hide

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