2. Brian Williams

Moderator Brian Williams watches a video which pays tribute to late moderator Tim Russert Brian Williams | Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Broadcasters spewing fake news is nothing new, but when it was reported that NBC host anchor Brian Williams had embellished, on air, a story about his coverage of the Iraq invasion in 2015, the network launched an investigation. Their research discovered blatant lies surrounding a helicopter crash in Iraq as well as several other instances throughout his entire career where the host misled the public to boost his reputation.

NBC cut ties and Williams’ anchor career fizzled almost immediately. He landed a spot hosting a new nighttime show at the ungodly hour of 11 p.m. years later — though he’s far from the household name he once was.

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