New York, NY — After attending a mandatory business conduct and ethics training following the “mis-remembering” of anchor Brian Williams, 76% of NBC News employees simply resigned after completing course that focused on integrity and “making the right choice, even if it’s the hard one.”
NBC News has come under fire after an outside investigative report revealed anchor Brian Williams had fabricated a 2003 story about having his helicopter damaged in Iraq. NBC immediately hired “crisis” consultants to deal with the looming questions about integrity. One of the consultant’s first recommendations was to submit each employee to a “business conduct” training course which reviewed standard journalistic ethics.
“I took the 45 minute online course,” said associate NBC News producer Jamie Frost. “It was clear after the first 15 minutes that I was not going to be able to meet these commitments. So I resigned on slide 17.”
Since the “War on Terror” began following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, media critics have warned that the cozy relationship corporate-owned media giants have with both industry and the government has created a “lap-dog” environment whereby news outlets fabricate or simply re-publish White House talking points. There is no incentive for media giants to act against their corporate interests which contradictory information. In fact the opposite is true: corporate run media makes more revenue when conflicts and wars continue.
Noam Chomsky unsuccessfully tweeted this in response to the mass resignations, having run into Twitter’s 140 character limit:As for Associate Producer Jamie Frost, he was oddly optimistic.
“I knew I’d have to sign an Integrity Certification,” continued a somewhat relieved Mr. Frost. “And I couldn’t. I think I’m just gonna go back to my home town and just get a job with one of the video component companies. I didn’t sign up for this and I’m tied of the lying.”