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NBC's Brian Williams Apologizes for Fabricated Story

Feb. 5, 2015

It took a recent story published in Stars and Stripes for NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams to correct the record about an Iraq War account involving a helicopter hit by RPG fire – after veterans complained for years about fabrication. When the story was first told in March 2003, then-NBC anchor Tom Brokaw introduced Williams’ dispatch as a “close call in the skies over Iraq.” In reality, Williams and the NBC crew was in a helicopter nearly an hour behind the attacked chopper. Williams’ story crossed into full-on embellishment when he appeared on David Letterman’s show in 2013. By then, his story included bullets grazing his pilot’s ear and a heroic rescue on the front lines of war. In an apology to the soldiers, Williams wrote, “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.” Brian blames this fabrication to a faulty memory. Never mind that no one would misremember whether he had been shot down in a helicopter. It shows Williams’ pride that it took a report in a respected publication before he would apologize. Williams is more of a talking hairdo who wants the legacy of Ernie Pyle, rather than a journalist committed to accuracy. But such are the kinds of people populating the Leftmedia elite. More…

Addendum: Compare this to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 lie about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire. Her career didn’t end. In fact, she nearly won the Democrat presidential nomination, and could be the 2016 nominee.

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