The lows to which Brian Williams of NBC stooped to increase ratings and to win the favor of Americans are abysmal.
If you’ve ever found yourself livid at the mainstream media’s constant attempts to twist and bend the truth, then you’ll be very upset when you see what Brian Williams did.
It all started in the first week of February. At a New York Ranger’s hockey game Williams recounted a tall tale about being shot down while in Iraq. Williams had been quite fond of recalling his favorite “battle story” where he and his military escort happened to be on a helicopter that was taken down by RPG fire.
Ever since the supposed shoot down took place, Williams would casually mention it on air, even taking the story to Letterman of all places. By all appearances Williams was at the wrong place at the wrong time when he was reporting in Iraq and had lived to tell about it.
The problem with his story is it was a complete fabrication.
Williams had never been on a helicopter subject to RPG fire.
Stars and Stripes writes:
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.”
After being exposed Williams took to the air to apologize for his “screw up.”
The only problem was this was no screw up. It was a willing act of deceit.
Once the story broke, further evidence of Williams’ inability to tell the truth was made evident.
In two separate interviews it was shown how Williams “misremembered” another equally graphic event during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
According to Williams, he claimed he saw a man commit suicide before his very eyes.
In one interview Williams claims he saw a man take his own life because of the desperate situation posed by the aftermath of Katrina.
In another interview he claims he and his crew had heard about a man jumping off the roof of the Superdome to commit suicide.
From William’s inability to recall events correctly, it’s likely the latter of the two interviews that contains the most truth. But even then, can we really believe either account?
The problem here is Williams has been in a position of trust for a number of years, so it’s unknown just how many strange yarns he’s managed to spin over the years.
Journalists and media outlets have called for him to be fired yet it’s unlikely he’ll be let go.
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