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The Brian Williams Scandal Principle

Is the liberal media constantly protecting hoaxers from harm?
NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

Photographer: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)

On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reporter Travis Tritten broke the news that Brian Williams had been telling fish stories about reporting at the start of the Iraq War. He'd said several times that his news crew was saved by soldiers when the "helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG." His helicopter had not been hit. His apology–that he was merely making a "bungled attempt" to honor heroes–was roundly criticized.

Yet for many conservatives, the story was that Williams would probably get away with this. As the story burned up Twitter, references to Williams were married to callbacks about Democratic politicians who had been caught lying about battlefield danger. The common theme was that Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton had all been rescued by a media that demands nothing from the left. Said John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, and a potential dark horse presidential candidate: