NBC anchor Brian Williams Admits He LIED about being Under Fire in Iraq: “I Apologize” (Updates….)

Same as Hillary Clinton dodging imaginary bullets in Bosnia and had to admit it was a lie, or Bush Admin lying  (and the News cosigning the fake story about) Jessica Lynch, and Pat Tillman, or the Staging of the Saddam Hussein Statue moment…. This should end Brian William’s career as a propagandist! (Like Dan Rather who was SET UP by Karl Rove on the Bush AWOL storyWe will always be left to wonder what ELSE Williams and NBC lied about. (We debunked them here for the last decade…)


After twelve years, Brian Williams is coming clean, admitting the helicopter he traveled in during NBC’s coverage of the 2003 Iraq invasion never once came under fire, despite Williams’ story to the contrary.

On Jan. 30, NBC Nightly News posted a video of Williams to Facebook, in which Williams recounts the story during a news segment. Williams references “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.”

A user by the name of Lance Reynolds, who purported to have served in Iraq during the incident in question, subsequently commented on the video, writing, “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.”

Reynolds added, “I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened. Then I remember you guys taking back off in a different flight of Chinooks from another unit and heading to Kuwait to report your ‘war story’ to the Nightly News.”

Willams responded to the comment via his verified account, writing, “To Joseph, Lance, Jonathan, Pate, Michael and all those who have posted: You are absolutely right and I was wrong.

“In fact, I spent much of the weekend thinking I’d gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in ’08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing just above the ramp.

“Because I have no desire to fictionalize my experience (we all saw it happened the first time) and no need to dramatize events as they actually happened, I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize.

“I certainly remember the armored mech platoon, meeting Capt. Eric Nye and of course Tim Terpak. Shortly after they arrived, so did the Orange Crush sandstorm, making virtually all outdoor functions impossible. I honestly don’t remember which of the three choppers Gen. Downing and I slept in, but we spent two nights on the stowable web bench seats in one of the three birds.

“Later in the invasion when Gen. Downing and I reached Baghdad, I remember searching the parade grounds for Tim’s Bradley to no avail. My attempt to pay tribute to CSM Terpak was to honor his 23+ years in service to our nation, and it had been 12 years since I saw him.

“The ultimate irony is: In writing up the synopsis of the 2 nights and 3 days I spent with him in the desert, I managed to switch aircraft. Nobody’s trying to steal anyone’s valor. Quite the contrary: I was and remain a civilian journalist covering the stories of those who volunteered for duty. This was simply an attempt to thank Tim, our military and Veterans everywhere — those who have served while I did not.”

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  • NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams left out key facts in war story apology, report says

    Army flight crews said Thursday that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, in his apology over a false Iraq War story he had told for more than a decade, left out key facts in his admission, the latest development in an embarrassing episode for the face of the news network.

    On Wednesday, Williams, 55, admitted that he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit and forced down during the invasion of Iraq on March 24, 2003, instead claiming that he was flying in a Chinook helicopter behind the formation that took fire.

    But on Thursday, Stars and Stripes, the armed forces newspaper that first broke Williams’ admission, reported that Williams was flying with a different helicopter company altogether, in a different direction, and linked to the attacked unit only by radio.

    “I think it is misleading” for Williams to say his aircraft was following behind the Chinook hit by two rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, David Luke, a retired soldier from Texas who was a flight engineer with a company of the helicopters under the 159th Aviation Regiment, told the newspaper.

    Luke said his formation of three Chinooks was carrying Williams and his NBC crew back toward Kuwait when they passed another company of Chinooks based out of Germany known as Big Windy, which was heading in the opposite direction toward Baghdad, he said.

    Luke’s Hercules Chinooks, carrying Williams and the NBC crew, soon heard over the radio that the Big Windy company they had passed came under fire from an Iraqi pickup truck.

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was a flight engineer on the Chinook carrying NBC, told the paper that the TV news crew placed a microphone in one of the helicopter’s headsets and later broadcast clips of the radio reports from the Chinook company that was attacked.

    Luke’s unit then ran into an approaching sandstorm that forced them to change course and return north in an attempt to find a safe haven at the forward operating base Rams, a Spartan and hastily set-up post to the south of Baghdad, Luke said.

    The unit found the rocket-damaged Chinook parked at an airstrip just outside Rams. Crew members on that aircraft said Williams came off his helicopter and approached them to ask about the attack.

    In an interview with David Letterman in 2013, Williams recounted his version of events.

    “We were in some helicopters. What we didn’t know was, we were north of the invasion. We were the northernmost Americans in Iraq,” he told the late night host. “We were going to drop some bridge portions across the Euphrates so the Third Infantry could cross on them. Two of the four helicopters were hit, by ground fire, including the one I was in, RPG and AK-47.”

    Williams most recently told the story during NBC coverage of a tribute to a retired command sergeant major at a New York Rangers hockey game.

    “I want to apologize,” Williams said on Wednesday night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News. “I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire. I was instead in a following aircraft.”

    When approached for comment by Fox News earlier on Thursday, an NBC News spokeswoman cited a Dateline NBC clip from March 26, 2003 that quotes Williams: “on the ground, we learn the Chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky.”

    He also made a similar claim in a 2008 blog post, in which he said he was flying in a Chinook helicopter as part of a four-chopper formation, and all four came under fire.

    Rich Krell, who piloted the helicopter Williams was flying in that day, told CNN Thursday that there were three helicopters in formation, not four. Although the helicopter in front of Williams was hit by the grenade, Krell said that all three aircraft were hit by small arms fire.

    He seemed to take Williams’ account in stride. “After a while, with combat stories, you just go ‘whatever,'” Krell said.

    A message left for NBC News regarding Thursday’s Stars and Stripes story was not immediately returned.


  • Brian Williams’ Katrina reporting under scrutiny

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    Critics are questioning stories NBC News anchor Brian Williams told about his experience reporting on Hurricane Katrina, just days after he admitted that he told an untrue story for years about his time reporting from Iraq.

    In particular, bloggers have honed in on a story Williams has told about seeing a body float by his hotel in the French Quarter, the New Orleans Advocate reported Friday.

    “When you look out of your hotel 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 said in a 2006 interview.

    The Advocate reported that the French Quarter — a historic neighborhood popular with tourists — was never flooded in the way other districts of the city were. A Federal Emergency Management Agency document says that flood levels in the French Quarter were low or nonexistent.

    The paper also scrutinized Williams’ claim that he had contracted dysentery after accidentally drinking floodwater. The paper quoted a man who had provided medical assistance to people during the storm as saying he hadn’t seen a single case of dysentery in the month after the storm.

    Williams’ award-winning coverage of the hurricane was a milestone for him, and cemented his credibility as he took over the anchor chair from Tom Brokaw.

    A spokeswoman for NBC News did not respond to a request for comment on the Advocate’s story.

    The scrutiny of his Katrina story originated on conservative blogs after he admitted to telling the incorrect story about Iraq.

    This week, the longtime NBC anchor admitted that a story he had told in various forms for years about being on a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by a rocket propelled grenade has been untrue.

    “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” he said during an on-air apology on Wednesday.


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