• Petitioned NBC News

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NBC News

We want an apology or at least a recognition that Brian Williams misspoke .

    1. Martha Brock
    2. Petition by

      Martha Brock

      Cary, NC

Brian Williams said that Ariel Castro was the face of mental illness. This is not true, and it just further reinforces the public opinion of folks with mental illness which are stereotypes. .NBC Nightly News should show the "real faces" of persons with mental health conditions....Mothers, Fathers,Co-workers,Neighbors, Peer Specialists, Recovery Advocates, etc.

NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, N.Y. 10112
We want an apology or at least a recognition that Brian Williams misspoke on the Thursday NBC NIghtly News. He called Ariel Castro "the face of mental illness. That is untrue. We expect more of a professional journalist.

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    • Lynn Heese PHOENIX, MD
      • 5 months ago

      Cant refer to someone as a monster who cannot help he is mentally ill. He did not ask God to be born this way

    • Chelsea Rademaker APPLETON, WI
      • 7 months ago

      The media has such a distorted view on things like Mental Health. It seems like everyone "knows" everything there is to know about people will mental illnesses...regardless of the specific diagnosis....stigma has made it believable that we are all the same!

    • Michael Kessler CRESCO, PA
      • 7 months ago

      I'm a psychiatrist.

    • Ella Derda PLAINVILLE, CT
      • 8 months ago

      I am a hard working 30 year old white female accountant with a business degree pursuing her masters degree in order to become a CPA. I lost my job in Manhattan due to the economic downturn but have since found a great job that I am good at and am highly respected in. I have a black cat named Onyx who loves me unconditionally, having rescued her from the Jersey shore just before Sandy hit. I love my family and friends, who love and support me just as much and I don't know what I would do without them. I enjoy painting, reading, taking walks on the beach or in the park, among many things. I am grateful to be alive, and have not once regretted anything in my life. I have optimism that this world can change for the better. Oh, and how can I forget, I am also Bipolar. I AM THE FACE OF MENTAL ILLNESS. There are many others like me. What do you have to say for yourself Brian Williams? I no longer can say I have respect for reporters like you who fuel society with these stigmas. SHAME ON YOU.

    • Pam Jarrett BRYSON CITY, NC
      • 10 months ago

      This monster used self-diagnosed "mental illness" as an excuse for his atrocious behavior. NBC news enforced this slander against those with mental illness, who are far more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators when compared to those without mental illness. Williams just took us a big step backward in our efforts for public understanding, and he reinforced nationally the stigma against us, which we have fought for decades. NBC should do a documentary on the large percent of the mentally ill, who go about their days just as the rest of healthy society does.


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