The ridicule and memes of Brian Williams are coming in faster than RPG rounds at an NBC News crisis management meeting, while Maureen Dowd writes today in the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.
NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.
But the caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and “there was no one around to pull his chain when he got too over-the-top,” as one NBC News reporter put it.
It seemed pathological because Williams already had the premier job, so why engage in résumé inflation? And you don’t get those jobs because of your derring-do.
I wonder if we’ll hear specifics of what Dowd is referring to in the bolded sentence in the second paragraph. Meanwhile, enjoy: