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Swift and harsh, Internet punishes suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams with viral memes (PHOTOS: HILARIOUS)

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By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/11/2015 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Williams has become social media's latest victim of ridicule following his 'misremembering' incident.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is officially suspended without pay for six months following his "misremembering" of a dramatic story during his time in Iraq in 2003. But his biggest punishment may be in the form of memes forever engraved into the internet.

Brian Williams faces social media ridicule for publicly lying to millions of viewers.

Brian Williams faces social media ridicule for publicly lying to millions of viewers.

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By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
2/11/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Brian Williams, NBC News, memes, misremember, viral, social media, viral memes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The network announced Williams' suspension on February 10, with NBC News President Deborah Turness calling his comments "wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian's position." She added his "actions are inexcusable" but that he "deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him."

Williams has worked for NBC news for 22 years, shaping relationships with their massive audience every day. Millions of Americans turned to him for the truth. And he has now proven himself untrustworthy with presenting lies.

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According to Hyperallergic.com, "the most astute reaction to news anchor Brian Williams' claim that he 'misremembered' being present inside a US Army helicopter when it was shot down in Iraq can be found in a meme now ricocheting through the Twitter-verse."

Brian Williams meme


On February 4, Williams, in an effort to honor and thank a veteran he personally knew, recanted a story of being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq.

Almost immediately, other military men and women, who were present during the event, came forward to denounce Williams and his story stating he was not in the fired at helicopter.

Williams has issued an on-air apology stating, "I want to apologize, I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire; I was instead in a following aircraft...This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not. I hope they know they have my greatest respect and also now my apology."

Brian Williams meme


However, according to Buzzfeed, more military personnel involved in the events came forward and said Williams' helicopter was "a part of an entirely different mission."

Other extreme stories Williams has reported are now being looked into for truth value, including stories from his time reporting on Hurricane Katrina where his hotel was raided by gang members and he saw a body floating from outside his window.

Williams' apology and suspension are not stopping the growing amount of memes and social media ridicule derived from his disastrous mistake.

The hashtag #BrianWilliamsMisrembers, poking fun at Williams by placing him at the scene of history's most recognizable events, has taken off. One specific example states, "'The food at the last supper was pretty terrible, so I ordered pizza.' #BrianWilliamsMisremembers."

Brian Williams on social media


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"The disgraced journalist and managing editor of NBC News has become social media's clown du jour (of the day)," stated Laura Mallonee of Hyperallergic.

"Brian's life's work is delivering the news. I know Brian loves his country, NBC News and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him. Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone's trust," stated the CEO of NBC Universal, Steve Burke in Williams' suspension announcement. 

Brian Williams on social media

Brian Williams on social media

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