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Jon Stewart: Brian Williams has 'infotainment confusion syndrome'

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Jon Stewart has a diagnosis for Brian Williams. On his show last night, Stewart explained that Williams has a “case of infotainment confusion syndrome.” 

 Williams has taken leave of the NBC Nightly News following his recantation of an Iraq War story about being in a helicopter in 2003 that was hit by an RPG. 

According to Stewart, “infotainment confusion syndrome” happens “when the celebrity cortex gets its wires crossed with the medulla anchordalla.” When Williams initially told the story in 2003, at which point he didn’t claim to be on the aircraft, he was facing the camera to report the news, Stewart pointed out. When he embellished the story for a David Letterman appearance in 2013, his head was turned to the side. “The truth of what a reporter is saying is all in the direction their face is turned,” Stewart said.

But Stewart didn’t strictly go after Williams. Instead, he turned his attention to attention the media is paying to Williams, and its hypocrisy regarding the Iraq War. “Never again will Brian Williams mislead this great nation about being shot at in a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f–king war,” Stewart said.