He should be fired for this. No apologies. No second chances. No nothing. If NBC has any shred of integrity left Brian Williams will no longer be pulling a paycheck from the Peacock Network at the end of this week.
Why do you think it is it that so few believe the so called “main stream media” any longer?
Brian Williams kept this lie going for more than a decade. He said in 2003 that his helicopter had been shot down. In reality Williams’s helicopter was ONE HOUR BEHIND the helicopter that was actually shot down. Last Friday he told the (false) story again at a tribute for a retired soldier. Some of the soldiers who actually knew what happened with Williams finally decided to speak out in disgust.
Make no mistake. For a newsman, a news anchor of the NBC Nightly News (once a prestigious news outlet), to lie like this over years and years, reflects the integrity of the “narrative makers” in the old crony media. It speaks to the propaganda machine which we are all witness to. It speaks to the quality of the people in the business.
Brian Williams insulted the soldiers he was with, the intelligence of his country, disgraced his post as Chief Anchor at NBC, and had the gall to lie yet again in front of thousands who were honoring a vet at a New York Rangers game.
If he is not asked to leave that tells you quite a lot about NBC. Something many of us already know.
(From Stars and Stripes)
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…
“Misremembered” my foot. He told an elaborate lie over years and years to the American public. And exploited the soldiers who were looking after him.
…The claim rankled Miller as well as soldiers aboard the formation of 159th Aviation Regiment Chinooks that were flying far ahead and did come under attack during the March 24, 2003, mission.
One of the helicopters was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades — one did not detonate but passed through the airframe and rotor blades — as well as small arms fire.
“It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I know how lucky I was to survive it,” said Lance Reynolds, who was the flight engineer. “It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”
For the record here is Williams’s lame “apology.”