RT: NBC’s Brian Williams off air, under internal probe for fake Iraq War tale

Published time: February 08, 2015 09:58

Brian Williams (Reuters / Phil McCarten)

Brian Williams (Reuters / Phil McCarten)

NBC TV anchor Brian Williams chose to stay off air in the wake of an internal probe he faces for embellishing a story about taking fire while flying a chopper in Iraq in 2003. The deceit was exposed by troops involved in the same airlift.

Earlier this week, 55-year-old Williams had to admit that a story he used to tell on the air for years about coming under fire in a military helicopter is not true. Veterans, who were with Williams in Iraq, said the TV host only “linked to the attacked unit by radio” while actually flying with a different helicopter.

Williams apologized last Wednesday, admitting his helicopter wasn’t hit by an RPG grenade, but his critics refused to believe he made an “honest mistake”.

Williams has been anchoring NBC Nightly News since 2004. On Friday, he hosted his show from New York without mentioning the unfolding scandal. The same day NBC direction launched an internal investigation into the issue endangering the network’s credibility.

“As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue,”Williams posted on NBC’s website.

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“In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” the anchor explained.

Williams is reportedly watched by nine million Americans every evening and earns $10 million a year. He renewed his contract with NBC for the next five years in December.

The scandal over the Iraq flight sparked suspicion about Williams’ other reports. While covering the aftermath of Katrina hurricane, he said he saw dead bodies floating by, but now it’s suspected he was in an area that was not actually flooded.

‘‘When you look out of your hotel room window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down, when you see bodies that you last saw in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and swore to yourself that you would never see in your country…’’ Williams commented in 2006, while covering the New Orleans flooding from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the French Quarter.

Brian Williams himself expects the scandal to cast a serious shadow over his career.

“Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,”Williams wrote.

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12 Responses to RT: NBC’s Brian Williams off air, under internal probe for fake Iraq War tale

  1. Hildegard says:

    Brian Williams is the epitome of the American Ideal. Willing to lie, cheat, and steal their way to the “top”. But c’mon! Bigger lies than this are being told. In fact Obama is deception incarnate. This Williams fiasco is being paraded around to make us think that something is being done to stop the lies when nothing really is being done. Unless we take down the whole structure they might as well let him back on the air. Now THAT would at least be honest!

  2. Captain says:

    The Strange Timing of the Brian Williams’ Affair

  3. Ethyl says:

    How many different ways can you spell

    D I V E R S I O N ? ? ?

    Who CARES!!!! This is all planted media bullcrap! Brian is a sacrificial lamb for something going on.

  4. Ronnie says:

    Apparently everybody knew that Williams fabricated stories and they couldn’t figure out why because he didn’t need to. With regards to this particular helicopter story he blamed the “fog of war” was the excuse he gave. This is along the lines of Hillary having to evade sniper bullets. Heck John Kerry shot a rifle in Vietnam and hurt himself (barely) which didn’t even require a bandage and put himself for a Purple Heart. His injuries were a joke but he managed to get three so that qualified to get him his ticket out of combat.

    These people don’t make it to the top unless they are cabal or have sold their souls to the devil. The media is owned and controlled. Taking himself off the air for a few days (thinking this will become old news?) is a joke. There is no internal probe, they all knew he made up stories and did nothing. I expect a resignation is forthcoming (fired).

    Liars, Liars, Liars.

  5. Hegelian says:

    The whole thing was a fraud. I don’t know why they are making such a fuss over some misinformation. Didn’t the leadership misinform every single citizen. They are trying to keep the lid on the war crimes by killing the Messengers. However, there is far too much dung to be swept under this rug.

  6. Captain says:

    This may be a retaliatory act by the Shrub Klan, like they did to that other reporter about 10 years ago. I recall Williams recently did an interview exposing some members of the cabal’s activities.
    With the other reporter (Dan Rather?) they discreited him by saying a military letter confirming that Bush Jr was a failure in the military was bogus. Turned out the content was accurate, but somehow that that ‘copy’ of the letter itself was faked. Still they canned the reporter.

    • Jean says:

      Thanks for reminding me of that situation, Captain. I couldn’t quite remember the details 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

      • Captain says:

        Similarly, it is mostly Journalists that are being reportedly executed by ISIS/ISIL… seems they are trying to scare off reporters. My bet is that they have been learning that ISIS is heavily connected to Israel and the Bush faction of the CIA (the CIA within the CIA, as they say).

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