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Feb 072015

An article published today, “Brian Williams is not alone: Hillary Clinton, Stephen Glass and other famous fabrications” (https://news.yahoo.com/brian-williams-is-not-alone–hillary-clinton–stephen-glass-and-other-famous-fabrications-200635601.html; obtained on 2-7-2015) “By Caitlin Dickson” of “Yahoo News” began the following way:

“Brian Williams admitted this week that, contrary to previous claims, he was not aboard a helicopter that was grounded by rocket grenades during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But he’s not the first public figure who has been caught stretching the truth.

The beloved anchor’s confession — that the harrowing story he and NBC News had repeated multiple times since 2003 was not true —has prompted an investigation by the network and called Williams’ other reporting, such as his Hurricane Katrina coverage, into question. This weekend Williams, who is managing editor of the NBC Nightly News, announced that he’d be temporarily taking himself off the air.

Williams’ apology, in which he insisted he’d ‘misremembered’ the details of the events, prompted comparisons to Hillary Clinton, who came down with her own case of the misrememberings while on the campaign trail in 2008.

In a speech, as well as a number of interviews, the then-presidential candidate recalled having to run from sniper fire with her daughter, Chelsea, upon arriving in war-torn Bosnia in 1996. It was a dramatic anecdote, and one that seemed to back up the foreign policy experience Clinton said she’d gained during her eight years as first lady. That story also, however, raised some eyebrows from the media, and it wasn’t long before video of the Bosnia trip was unearthed to counter Clinton’s account.

‘I remember landing under sniper fire,’ Clinton had said of the Bosnia trip during a campaign speech in Washington. ‘There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.’

Yet the video showed a much calmer version of events, with Clinton and her daughter walking from their plane to a tension-free ceremony on the tarmac. When confronted with the inconsistencies, Clinton said:

‘So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which, you know, for some people is a revelation.’

Then-Sen. Barack Obama used the Bosnia embellishment to challenge his Democratic opponent’s foreign policy experience. And while Clinton went on to lose the nomination, the scandal didn’t prevent Obama from appointing her secretary of state once he was elected.”

It seems as though both Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton both have a relatively low amount of the personality construct of intuition. As was previously written in the Hygiology Post by this author :


“The paper, ‘HOLLAND’S THEORY : STRENGTHENING IT’ © 1986, does appear to characterize how the personality construct of intuition can at least help to explain (historical) social change. Also, it explains not only what has happened but makes predictions about what will happen. ‘HOLLAND’S THEORY : STRENGTHENING IT’ © 1986 is believed to be relevant and important in helping to explain past and current events in society. “

And, “10. The more an individual is a sensation type…the external world affects this type the most.”


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