NBC’s Brian Williams is the face of its news network. Recently he has been caught in serious misstatements (lies?) about an incident he claimed he was involved with in Iraq. He claimed that, over a decade ago he was in a helicopter crash. The incident didn’t happen and he has now admitted it.
Here is his apology:
This is the media’s response to the both Williams’ claim and to his apology:
The Daily Beast: NBC Hanging Williams Out to Dry.
Nobody can accuse Brian Williams of not knowing what it feels like to take incoming fire.
On Day 2 of the feeding frenzy over his tall tale about a helicopter ride, rival media outlets and bloggers subjected the embattled NBC Nightly News anchor to withering scrutiny, and veterans’ groups offered both support and condemnation after Williams apologized for “conflating” and “misrember[ing]” a March 2003 incident during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Daily Caller: Chuck Todd: Williams “Mortified” After Recanting False Iraq Story.
While NBC at large is keeping silent after anchor Brian Williams admitted to telling an inaccurate tale for 12 years about being shot down during the Iraq War, one prominent NBC News host isn’t shying away from talking, giving a peek underneath the 30 Rock umbrella as tensions continue to rise from within.
USA Today: NBC Launches Investigation of Brian Williams
NBC News confirmed Friday that it’s investigating chief anchor Brian Williams over his now-retracted statement that he was in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by enemy fire and forced to land.
“This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a staff memo circulated Friday. “Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team. And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.”
“As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired. We’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate…(read more)
Mediaite: A Brief History of War Torn Lies
By now you may have heard that a certain NBC News anchor has been repeatedly fibbing (or misremembering, as he would have it) about having been on a helicopter shot down by an RPG during the Iraq War.
It turns out that Brian Williams isn’t the only major public figure to have lied about or misrepresented his or her war zone experiences. Let’s take a look:
During the 2008 Democratic primaries, Clinton falsely stated, during a speech and several interviews, that she and daughter Chelsea came under sniper fire upon visiting Bosnia in 1996. “There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport,” she told the public, “but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Of course, that story turned out to be false. Video emerged showing no signs of gunfire or tensionupon the then-first lady’s arrival. “I did make a mistake in talking about it,” she eventually told reporters, adding that she had a “different memory” of the landing.
Clinton lost the primary to Barack Obama, but went on to serve in his administration as the 67th Secretary of State.
This Republican U.S. Senator didn’t so much outright lie about his own military service as trickily and frequently misrepresent it to the public.
During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives… (read more)