NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest – Stripes

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 himself 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. 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.”

via NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest – Stripes.

Everyone wants the glory, no one wants the gore.

I’m completely unsurprised that a piece of work like Brian Williams has hopped upon the Stolen Valor express.

8 thoughts on “NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest – Stripes”

  1. That piece of $#%&*. He wasn’tone of my favorites before, but now I despise him. Nobody “misremembers” something like that, especially after you have relived it a hundred times or so. And it wasn’t a “mistake”. It was a conscious, intentional lie.

    On the other hand, perhaps he is so used to “misremembering” events for his newscast that it was reflexive.

    Is “stolen valor by a civilian” a new category?.

  2. He’s also perfectly fine with his daughter doing pr0n. Oh, wait, no, it’s not pr0n, it’s HBO.

  3. Lyin’ Brian Williams. But I am sure everything else he says is true. He is, like virtually all of his colleagues, without honor or integrity.

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