It seems Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton have something in common – mythomania. NBC News anchor Williams has admitted he was not aboard a helicopter hit by fire in Iraq in 2003. A story he repeated as recently as Friday night. Hillary Clinton made a similar claim in 2008 – coming under sniper fire in Bosnia as they landed – also untrue. What is wrong with these people?
NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had told about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false.
Williams said he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire and forced down more than a decade ago — a story he retold as recently as last week during a televised tribute to a retired soldier during a New York Rangers hockey game.
On “NBC Nightly News” Wednesday evening, Williams read a 50-second statement apologizing for his characterization of the episode.
“After a groundfire 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.”
And this: Brian Williams tells his debunked Iraq War story during 2013 interview with David Letterman (Video) His story-telling begins at about 2:30 into the video.
Now, Stars and Stripes (Via Free Beacon) have interviews with troops who were there…
NBC’s Brian Williams apologized on Wednesday for telling a false story about being in a helicopter in Iraq that came under heavy fire, but his apology was filled with nearly as many false details and misleading statements as his initial lie.
Stars and Stripes talked to soldiers who were there for the incident Williams claimed to be a part of, and they claim that the narrative told in the apology was also far removed from reality.
Williams, for example, said in his apology that although he was not on the helicopter that took fire, he was “on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG.”
This is far from the truth, according to soldiers who spoke with Stars and Stripes. Army flight crews say that Williams “was actually flying with a different helicopter company altogether—in a different direction, and linked to the attacked unit by radio only.”
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