Brian Williams Disappears as More Disinformation Emerges
In response to the allegations that he lied about embellishing an Iraq war story, celebrity NBC anchor Brian Williams took a leave of absence and canceled an appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show” to lay low until this whole scandal blows over. “As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News,” he wrote in a statement, “I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days. … Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.” However, Williams’ stories of braggadocio continue to multiply and grow. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air theorizes that the reason NBC staffers have not come forward to contradict or confirm Williams’ Iraq war story is that they edited the footage to suggest their chopper was attacked. Combined with the possibly embellished accounts of Williams witnessing Hezbollah rockets and claiming to see a dead body floating in the French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina, Williams is demonstrating a gonzo streak more at home in Rolling Stone.
Update: Chris Simeone, the commanding pilot during Williams’ excursion, said, “All that hit us was dust.” He added, “Williams reported on the David Letterman show that the ‘captain’ of his aircraft had received a Purple Heart for a wound to the ear. I was the pilot in command of the aircraft carrying Brian Williams. I do not have a Purple Heart, and my ears are just fine.”
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