For years, NBC anchor Brian Williams has been claiming he was in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003. Today, he had to admit that he lied.
“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams told the newspaper. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
In a post on Facebook, Williams wrote:
“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.”
Williams, the newspaper said, most recently made the claim about being on the helicopter last Friday when presenting his network’s coverage of a tribute to a retired soldier who provided security for grounded helicopters.
Williams is saying he mis-remembered. But I have to agree with Ace. It’s really hard to imagine how someone could confuse being brought to a crash site with having been in the crash, especially as it appears NBC and Williams were making this claim almost immediately.
This is who we get our news from, guys. These are the guys who inform us the economy is good and Obama is awesome. And they wonder why we don’t believe them.