Famed NBC News anchor Brian Williams admitted on Wednesday that he lied about being under fire during the early days of the Iraq invasion in 2003. Williams admitted he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit by insurgent fire. He even recently retold this “story” during a New York Rangers hockey game. Williams read aloud an appology he wrote during “NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday evening.
“After a ground-fire incident in the desert during the Iraq war invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” he said. “It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft. . . . This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and, by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not.”
This leaves a tarnish on Williams record, who has become a veteran newsman who has anchored NBC’s Nightly News since 2004 and has appeared on several popular NBC programming including “30 Rock,” “The Tonight Shw” and other entertainment programs.
NBC has not said whether Williams will face any consequences for lying about this incident. His appology comes days after the military newspaper “Stars and Stripes” contacted the crew of the Chinook helicopter that Williams was aboard when it was hit by small arms fire and two rockets. Williams story is even included in a book written by NBC Enterprises in 2003 and included details such as the grenade round grazing a crewman’s face.
The question now becomes can NBC News have any credibility now that Williams has become the face of the network news. Its very likely that nobody who served in the armed forces will ever watch NBC when he still around. How could you expect anyone who served in the military to ever see this guy onscreen again and not feel contempt? How could you expect anyone to believe he or the broadcast he leads has any credibility?