NBC’s Brian Williams Says 12-Year-Old Whopper of a Story Was a Lie
February 4, 2015 at 5:43 PM
NBC’s Brian Williams (Image via Wikipedia.org)
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 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.”
Williams and his NBC camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook that took no fire but landed, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.
“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” Miller said Wednesday.
So, apparently Williams and NBC have been promulgating this “misremembered” event since 2003 and only today did Williams confess he’d “misremembered” it? You don’t “misremember” whether or not your helicopter was shot down by an RPG. Either it wasn’t or you lied and said it was. “Misremember” my ass.
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