To astute news media watchers this comes as no surprise. News reporters often lie, it is considered acceptable to lie in the industry just as long as reporters tow the “party line”. This time it is Brian Williams caught lying.
In what is seen as his Hillary Clinton Moment (her fake claim of landing under fire) NBC’s Brian Williams has been forced to confess he made up the story about himself being shot down over Iraq, when confronted by our troops who were with him. However he did so in a very dishonest way. He claims it was a minor mistake, not remembering whether it was his helicopter that was hit by a rocket or another helicopter.
First the truth, Williams was not even in the area until an hour after the incident and people remember whether they have been shot down or not.
This reporter has been in an airplane crash that totaled the plane. I remember it very clearly even though was in High School at the time.
First read the original report on this by Stars and Stripes with the witness accounts, then view Williams video apology and ask yourself if it is honest or not.
WASHINGTON — NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.
The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.
“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
Williams told his Nightly News audience that the erroneous claim was part of a “bungled attempt” to thank soldiers who helped protect him in Iraq in 2003. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said. “I want to apologize.”
Williams made the claim about the incident while presenting NBC coverage of the tribute to the retired command sergeant major at the Rangers game Friday. Fans gave the soldier a standing ovation. Read more: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/nbc-s-brian-williams-recants-iraq-story-after-soldiers-protest
“I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.” Maybe we can help you Brian, because your are still lying now, just to a lesser degree than before and your motive is self preservation. Why would Williams attempt such an absurd lie as that? Because the standards in the news business for integrity are so low he may get away with it.
Now for the “apology” by NBC’s anchor. You judge if its truthful: