OK, so over the weekend we found out the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County booked former NBC News anchor and current MSNBC anchor Brian Williams as its keynote speaker.
This news arrived a couple of weeks after the Society of Irish Women announced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the speaker at its St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
Both are March 17.
From this arises a strange coincidence.
Many who pay attention to these things already know what I’m talking about.
In the last 10 years, Clinton and Williams both have fueled controversy by telling tall tales about their experiences landing in war zones.
The Irish might call it blarney.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton boasted about landing in Bosnia in March 1996 “under sniper fire.”
The story was untrue as this Washington Post Fact Checker story details.
Ironically, one of the times Clinton told this story happened at a speech at George Washington University on March 17, 2008, St. Patrick’s Day. The same day, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois addressed the Society of Irish Women in Scranton. He reminded the local women’s group he shared distant Irish roots with Vice President Dick Cheney.
For years, Williams let a story about how a rocket-propelled grenade struck the military helicopter carrying him and his NBC news crew on March 24, 2008, in Iraq.
That story was also untrue as this Stars and Stripes story details.
The two hardly shared the same consequences for their stories.
The claim derailed Williams’ career, forcing him out of the main NBC News anchor chair and sending him into journalistic exile for seven months. He returned to the air on MSNBC.
No one thinks Clinton lost the presidential race in 2008 to Obama because of her Bosnia landing story. Certainly, Obama thought nothing of it. He named her secretary of state.
President Donald Trump raised Clinton’s false tale during the presidential campaign. It hardly registered given the controversy over her emails, though it certainly didn’t help Clinton change the narrative that she has a hard time telling the truth.