has announced that he is taking a leave of absence due to the pseudo-controversy over his silly helicopter fantasia. Right now, this nonsensical "scandal" is all that the right -- and much of the left and center -- can talk about. While the general topic of memory and its failings
is indeed fascinating, I just don't see the importance of this particular brouhaha.
The problem may be one of nomenclature. In America, someone holding Williams' job is called a news anchor
or a journalist
or a newsman/newsperson
. In the UK, he would -- more accurately -- be called a news reader
Williams' job is to look into a camera and read aloud words on a teleprompter -- words usually written by someone else -- without making mistakes and without saying "uh" (as normal human beings are wont to do). He is supposed to look well-groomed and confident as he does this task. And that is it
. From time to time, a news reader may be asked to travel to a location where news is breaking, but that change in locale is just a gimmick, a theatrical exercise designed to give viewers the impression that the news reader is an actual journalist.
As long as Brian Williams and his fellow news readers manage to recite what they are given to recite without saying "uh" and without stumbling over hard-to-pronounce names, we have no reason to care about any other aspect of their lives. If Williams were to tell the world that he once danced with the pookas aboard a flying saucer, what would it matter? His job is to read words on a teleprompter. That is it