2% of Americans Think Brian Williams Is Joe Biden

    January 9, 2014
    Josh Wolford
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Brian Williams has been the anchor of the NBC Nightly News for over 9 years – the top-rated NBC Nightly News. He was also a reporter and weekend anchor for the network for 11 years, until NBC handed him the reins following Tom Brokaw’s retirement. I think he has a pretty recognizable face – I mean, he doesn’t look the least bit like Joe Biden.

Despite all of this, a majority of Americans (a large majority, I might add) has absolutely no idea what Brian Williams looks like.

Here’s Pew Research’s Rob Suls with some pretty shocking results to a recent survey:

In an online survey about Americans’ knowledge about the news conducted last summer, just 27% of the public could correctly identify Brian Williams, anchor of the top-rated NBC Nightly News. Respondents were shown a picture of Williams and asked to name the person in the photo. While 3% were able to identify Williams’ profession (anchor or reporter), fully seven-in-ten either did not know (53%) or named someone other than Williams (18%). (3 percent thought the photo was of former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and 2% thought it was Vice President Joe Biden.)

Uh, what?

Yes, nearly 3 out of 4 people surveyed could not identify Brian Williams from a photo – and the criteria for a ‘correct’ answer wasn’t really that stringent. Responders didn’t even have to get his whole name – Pew accepted responses of “Brian” and “Williams.” But the big stat here is that 2%, or 1 in 50, thought Pew was showing them a photo of Vice President Joe Biden.

How? I mean, how is it that the anchor of the top nightly news show in the country is unrecognizable to so many Americans?

For the answer, see the graph below:

Yep, that’ll do it. Blame Twitter.

Images via Wikimedia Commons, Pew Research, GIF via

  • F. Alus

    37% of Americans can’t find their own country on a map. Let’s face it. America is not the pinnacle of intelligence.

    Fewer and fewer people watch the nightly news because America knows it is all bullshit. I mean come on. Building 7 fell on 9/11 and the major networks will not even speak of that. They barely mention 9/11 at all. Some of the world’s smartest people have come out and provided sound factual evidence that the events of 9/11 did not happen as the government told us, but none of the networks will even run a story on that let alone show the research. You have people who have built the most amazing buildings in the world coming out and saying that building 7 was a demolition. Hell, you have demolition companies coming out saying it was a demolition, but no one will cover that. No one.

    It is not just about 911. Take Sandy Hook for example. They released the video tape of that. The networks told the public about but they failed to mention that 50 minutes of the footage is just a blue screen. The video was absolutely pointless and useless. For all I know, Santa Claus did the shootings. You literally see nothing. You are just told to believe the official story.

    If you are only getting your news from a major network, you are a fool.

    • @F. Alus

      If you notice, the only people who really watch the major networks are the older people. The ones who were told to hide under their desks in case of a nuclear attack. Like hiding under your desks would actually save you.

      Let us look at how many times we have been lied to by the mainstream media. Why would you believe anything you hear from them? Then depending on their political affiliation, one news show will contradict the other.

      Pull up the YouTube video called “September Clues” and you will literally see doctored footage about 9/11. Yet, no one will talk about this.