Tag: Williams

Friendship: The Least Jealous of Loves

In a letter to lifelong friend Arthur Greeves, C. S. Lewis expressed his deep appreciation for the blessing of true friendship. How highly did he value it? “Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods,” Lewis declared. “Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life.” He continued with advice to young men who were contemplating where to live: “I think I shd. say, ‘sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.’ I know I am… Read more »

The Media & Our Perceptions

A short commentary today on how the media picks out what’s important to cover and how it may actually shape the perceptions of its audience. Take, for instance, this picture the Associated Press put out the other day: Oh, said the AP, that was totally accidental. Right. Meanwhile, if you depend on the mainstream news for your information, whether in print, on TV, or the Internet, you might be excused for thinking the whole flap over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails is… Read more »

The Comedy News Network

One more Brian Williams post, and then I’m done with it. For now. I think. If I were a news anchor, watched and trusted by millions of Americans, and I totally made up stories about myself and the news I’m covering, do you think I should lose my job permanently? Yes, me too. However, NBC decided on a six-month suspension without pay. Really? How many Americans are foolish enough to watch someone again with that kind of track record? Or… Read more »

The Williams-Clinton Connection

Everyone (except, of course, most of the mainstream media) is still talking about the outrageous stories Brian Williams has told about his time in Iraq. There are other accounts circulating now as well, particularly about some of his claims of what he saw and experienced when he was on the scene for Hurricane Katrina. It appears that stretching the truth (the polite term for lying) may be a habit for this former (?) newsman. Yet, because we suffer as a… Read more »

The Williams Lie

My opinion of the reliability of most broadcast news is already pretty low. Then along comes the Brian Williams story. Williams, the NBC news anchor for its evening broadcast, has been caught in a lie of significant magnitude. Back in 2003, reporting from Iraq, Williams began telling the tale of how a chopper he was riding in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and how he was very fortunate to still be alive after that harrowing experience. This week, he… Read more »

The Wave Election

It was somewhat amusing, if not astounding, as I watched Fox News coverage of the election results Tuesday evening, to hear liberal commentator Juan Williams do his best to say this was not a “wave” election. Williams kept saying this was an “anti-incumbent” election—that voters were so upset they were taking it out on those already in office. The only thing off-base in his analysis, of course, was that all the incumbents being tossed had a “D” after their names…. Read more »

Puritan Controversy #2: Anne Hutchinson

Last week, I looked at the Roger Williams episode in early Puritan history and came to the conclusion that the Puritan establishment had good reasons to worry about his influence, given their desire not to have their charter taken away. Today, let’s move on to the second major controversy to arise in Massachusetts in the 1630s. It had to do with a movement that historians call “antinomianism.” That’s just a fancy name for people who believe there is no law…. Read more »