Brian’s Song

helicopter-41808_640NBC has announced that their news icon and leader of the pack Brian Williams has been sent to time out for six months without pay.  The statement from 30 Rock ended with this: “By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate. 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.” So far it seems that the network is letting this story unfold as is without attempting to spin it in a more favorable light.  In an era when politicians of all strips seem to be obsessed with spinning their bad as our good and vice-versa, I find it refreshing for the NBC brass has so far not done that.

Perhaps there is a lesson here for the rest of us. How many of our lives would be enhanced for the good by uttering the single five word sentence: “I made a bad decision” or if you are under thirty simply say “My bad”.  Think about the pain you have carried because your pride would not let you admit to it after getting caught.  Suppose Brian’s song had simply been the cold hard truth instead of that nonsense about “twelve years and foggy memory”.  Something along the lines of: Folks the truth is I lied about that chopper ride to make myself look bigger, braver and a bit more like Clint Eastwood. Would the world have ended — nope! Would he be better off?  Yes, I think he would.  People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” — Proverbs 28:13 NLT 

Something to Think About

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