Pants Down: NBC’s Brian WilliamsPosted: February 4, 2015
John Nolte reports: In what could easily be a career-ender, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday that for the last 12 year both he and his network have repeatedly told a false story about a helicopter Williams was in being forced down due to RPG fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Stars and Stripes reports that as recently as Friday Williams repeated this false story and did so “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.”
“Williams’ 12 year lie is a disaster for the anchor and for the network that made him the face of its news division. Obviously no one at NBC News bothered to check a story that was just too good to check.”
It was during an interview with Stars and Stripes that Williams finally confessed to his 12 year lie. But this only came after the crewmembers who were in the actual helicopter that was hit came forward and said Williams wasn’t in that chopper or the other two choppers that were close by in a formation. In fact, the helicopter Williams was in arrived a full hour after the three choppers in question made an emergency landing.
“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams told Stars and Stripes. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
Here’s the lie Williams told Friday. The video is here:
“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
During tonight’s NBC Nightly News Williams recanted with the claim he told the lie in order to honor a soldier:
Williams’ 12 year lie is a disaster for the anchor and for the network that made him the face of its news division. Obviously no one at NBC News bothered to check a story that was just too good to check. Worse, this will only compound the credibility and ratings issues that have damaged the NBC News brand for a few years now.
Just a few months ago, NBC News Chief Medical Correspondent Nancy Snyderman was caught violating her Ebola quarantine. During the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman uproar NBC News was caught editing a 9-1-1 call to make Zimmerman look racist. During the 2012 presidential election Andrea Mitchell was caught fabricating a Mitt Romney gaffe.
For the last few years, NBC News has perpetrated one fraud after another on the American people….(read more)
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC
- NBC SHOCK: Brian Williams Forced to Recant Iraq War Lie Repeated for 12 Years (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Brian Williams Told A Far Different Story About Iraq RPG Attack In 2007 (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- UK’s Iraq war report delayed until after 2015 general elections (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Why the Washington Post gives a low Iraq death estimate (wakeupfromyourslumber.com)
- Chilcot inquiry will break new ground in publishing Blair and Bush conversations (theguardian.com)
- NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Forced To Admit That He Was Not Shot Down In The Iraq War (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- NBC’s Brian Williams recants story about Iraq incident after soldiers protest (trust.org)
- NBC News’s Brian Williams recants story about taking incoming fire during Iraq war coverage (washingtonpost.com)