After being caught lying about his experience in Iraq, Brian Williams is now the 835th most trustworthy person in America, according to a new study. Williams originally was the 23rd most trusted person, on par with Danzel Washington and Warren Buffett.
Now with his new ranking, Williams is tied with Willie Robertson, a star from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality series, a comparison that a nationally-recognized news anchor can’t like. NBC’s Nightly News has since suspended Williams for sixth months as it attempts to recompose its image.
Since the outbreak of Williams’ lying scandal, social media has started a frenzy of new tweets Headlined #brianwilliamsmisremembers, depicting Williams in many different outrageous settings he was never a part of.
Williams’ scandal begs a certain question… who else joins William in the list of the biggest liars of this past decade? We’ve put together a list of some of the top scandals:
Rod Blagojevich was the governor of Illinois when he was charged with trying to sell Obama’s senate seat. During the closing argument of his impeachment trial, Blagojevich said he had done “absolutely nothing
wrong,” according to the CNN coverage of the trial. He was proven wrong, and his actions have now landed him in prison. Find the Chicago Tribune story here.
Bernie Madoff is considered to be the mastermind of the biggest financial scandal in history. He was able to con billons of dollars out of his investors. His actions gave him a 150-year prison sentence. Find the Business Insider story here.
When the Tour de France champion confessed to Oprah Winfrey his use of steroids, he joined the list of liars, losing the respect of his fans, his sponsors and his competitors. Forbes Magazine released a list of Armstrong’s dropped sponsors after he stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation. Find the CNN story here.
Manti Te’o was not only known for his talent on the football field but also for his tragic story of a girlfriend struggling to battle leukemia. When it was found that the girlfriend never existed, Te’o became the victim of one of the biggest lies of the decade. Find the Time story here.
On Aug. 12, 2013, Christie refused to renominate Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoehns. The very next day Christie’s deputy chief of staff sent an email to David Wildstein, director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority, telling Wildstein “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein responded “Got it.” The emails between Gov. Christie’s staff were then leaked, and the whole scandal broke out, showing that Christie probably played a big part. Find the Examiner story here.