Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, has had to offer a lame (and probably preliminary) apology for lying about his helicopter being shot down during the run up to the Iraq war. That sort of behavior is distressingly common in Democrats. For example, there was Hillary Clinton's similar lie of having to rush from a helicopter after landing because her group was under sniper fire. And John F. Kerry's famous story of a mission into Cambodia that never happened, even though it was "seared into his memory". I've read that this sorta lying comes from Liberal guilt: Still, the kind of wealth that has been heaped upon Brian Williams gives rise to a phenomenon that has played much too large a part in our national life: liberal guilt. Again, this is pure speculation, but I suspect that Williamss emotional need to portray himself (in his own mind, not just to outsiders) as someone who braved dangers, was shot at and nearly killed, was part of how he assuaged the guilt that came packaged with the hundreds of millions of dollars he has earned for doing, really, not much. (Note, too, how similar Williamss story is to Hillary Clintons lie about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia.) What do you think?