While NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has expressed contrition and embarrassment over revelations that a story he told about being shot down in Iraq in 2003 was untrue, at least one person is reveling in his discomfort -- former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
In a post on her Facebook page, Palin claimed that during the 2008 election campaign, “Brian Williams lied about me in order to affect the way I would be perceived by Americans. … He lies. There is no other way around it. But what’s especially disgusting is the way his corrupt colleagues covered for him.”
The lie Palin alleges Williams told about her was referring to a newspaper editorial on-air, which accused the former Alaska governor of banning books while she was the mayor of Wasilla.
According to the New York Times and FactCheck.org, Palin did not ban any books while she was the mayor, but did approach the town's librarian and asked about the possibility of removing some books she viewed as objectionable from the collection, but never followed the matter up.
The result, Palin said, was: “In the minds of millions of Americans, I was tainted as an anti-First Amendment book banning wacko.”
In a previous post, Palin had said: "The face of [NBC] news lied about combat experiences in Iraq and then with false humility accepted the title of 'war hero' while the press ignores, disrespects, and often destroys the good name of our true war heroes. To me, that's like soiling sacred ground."
Referring to reports that Williams' predecessor as Nightly News anchor, Tom Brokaw, wanted him to be fired, Palin wrote: “Personally, I hope Williams keeps his job as the face of network news to remind America how this all works, and to justify our complete turning away from his ilk in mainstream media.”
Despite Palin's apparent disdain for "mainstream media," the masthead on her Facebook page proudly proclaims her status as one of “TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The World.” Palin was included in the magazine's 2009 list.