NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted he wasn’t aboard a helicopter hit by RPGs during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite spending years claiming otherwise, highlighting why the establishment media cannot be trusted.

Williams finally recanted the story after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook told Stars and Stripes the NBC anchor was nowhere near the helicopter when it was hit by two rockets.

“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” he claimed, but how could anyone possibly “misremember” a traumatic incident which never happened?

Williams repeated the lie as recently as Friday when he accompanied a retired soldier who provided security for grounded helicopters to a public tribute in his honor.

And yet the establishment media expects the public to follow their narratives without question.

“More Americans than ever are losing faith in the establishment-controlled media and are seeking out alternative sources of information,” Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog wrote. “Is this a trend that the big media companies are going to be able to reverse at some point?”

Not likely. It’s been well-documented that the mainstream media has practically been a government mouthpiece since at least the early 1950s, when the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird began, but now this partnership between the government and the media is so strong, it has practically eradicated mainstream investigative journalism.

“Fewer commercial news organizations support investigative journalism now than at any time in recent history, and reporters today – especially those who aggressively seek the truths that government, business and other powerful institutions seek to conceal – are arguably more alone, more exposed and more vulnerable to professional and even physical harm than they ever were,” Charles Lewis said, a former 60 Minutes producer and the founder of the Center for Public Integrity.

This has led to many investigative journalists fleeing the mainstream media in favor of alternative outlets.

“At my heart, I feel like I’m an investigative reporter and that’s what I can bring to the table and contribute, and quite frankly in the last couple of years there just wasn’t the appetite for that kind of reporting,” former mainstream correspondent Sharyl Attkisson revealed after leaving CBS.

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