(The following was sampled from The Huffington Post.)
Brian Williams puffed up a story he was telling to make himself look better. He puffed up his part of the tale, and in the manner of a young boy, he lied. Now, we can revel in seeing his image shattered. Or, we can examine our individual humanity and perhaps find the small child in ourselves that has been inflating his or her grown-up image for years, puffing up a moment here or there — a test score, an athletic feat, a hint of danger and our “survival.” Yes, Williams is a newsman and an anchor and holding him to the highest standard goes with the territory. But he’s a human first, and drastic ironies and imperfections come with each of us in that territory. Wouldn’t we be a gentler, more educative culture if, instead of wallowing in Williams’ shame, we treated it as an opportunity for all of us to discuss and examine the nature of the humanity we have in common?