How Social Media Affects the Brian Williams Credibility Crisis

There is probably nothing worse for a journalist than to become a punch line. Within a day after the scandal broke about Williams inflating his war experiences, MEMES flooded Facebook and Twitter placing Williams in the most unlikely places. Here is a collection of some of the best ones.

Click on the image to see Al's Storify collection.

Click on the image to see Al’s Storify collection.

 

No media scandal is complete without Jon Stewart having a swing at it. This is a version of the story that The Daily Show’s young and connected audience is likely to remember.

Click on image to see Jon Stewart's report on Brian WIlliams, who is a friend of The Daily Show.

Click on image to see Jon Stewart’s report on Brian Williams, who is a friend of The Daily Show.

The worst thing may be when a controversy becomes a noun. For the last few days, journalists have been referring to misstatements by anybody as “pulling a Brian Williams.” Even this headline comparing Ronald Reagan’s memory lapses to Williams.

Click on the image to see the story from Salon

Click on the image to see the story from Salon