- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Filmmaker Michael Moore wrote a heated post online decrying the controversy surrounding embattled NBC News host Brian Williams, while the “real liars who were responsible for the Iraq War roam free.”

“[A]n entire country was demolished, trillions were wasted, thousands of our troops were killed & wounded, tens/hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed, and now, FINALLY, someone is paying for Iraq war lies… and it’s Brian f–ing Williams?????” Mr. Moore wrote on Facebook, citing George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.

“[T]o let the real liars who were responsible for the Iraq War roam free while instead going after Brian Williams for committing the crime of Faux Macho due to his claim of being on the wrong chopper, well, this just begs to be ridiculed and stopped,” he said.

Mr. Moore’s comments come after Mr. Williams announced Feb. 7 that he is taking a temporary hiatus from his role as “Nightly News” anchor amid a furor over his repeated false claims that he was aboard a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war in 2003.

Many prominent media voices have called on Mr. Williams to resign, but Mr. Moore argued he should return to his post at NBC.

“Let Brian Williams get back to telling us about the next big storm that’s going to drop 3” of snow on New York City and the exclusive report on the lost dog who made it home to help its handicap master,” the filmmaker wrote.

“I don’t know Brian Williams personally, but I’ll say this about him: in the post-9/11 years, he did the nightly news hour on MSNBC/CNBC, and he was one of the few people in TV news who would allow an opposition voice such as mine on the air. I remember thinking this is a man with integrity,” Mr. Moore concluded.

Comedy Central host Jon Stewart echoed similar sentiments during Monday’s taping of “The Daily Show.”

“Now, this may seem like overkill,” he said of the reporting on Mr. Williams, “But for me, no, it’s not overkill, because I am happy. Finally! Someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq War!”

“Never again will Brian Williams mislead this great nation about being shot at in a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f–ing war,” he said.

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