I don’t know why Brian Williams thought he could get away with lying about his Iraq hostile fire experience when he had already been on record, in the media, telling it as it was. And then he decides to make it more “sensational” on his behalf? How exactly does one, whose career is based on reporting and remembering facts, attempt to pass this gaff off as some kind of forgetfulness of the true details of his experience? Especially when it’s his own personal experience and not some news story originated from another source? It’s not even some minor detail that got mixed up. You would forever know, for the rest of your natural life, if you were onboard a Chinook that took RPG fire. He even says, in apology, that it was really the helo in ahead of the one he was on that took the fire. His helo was an hour behind the one that took the hit!!! It’s not like they were flying together and his was under the same ground fire attack and was merely lucky enough not to get hit. An hour behind!
Come on Brian, this is worse a news anchor integrity issue than was CBS’ Dan Rather. Dan simply reported and stood by a story that wasn’t properly vetted for facts. Dan should still be on the air if his gaff was to be judged against yours. You’re just lucky that NBC has no other on-air journalist personality that can take over as news anchor and survive ratings hits because of it.
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Oh, circling back on this. Out the door Brian Williams, and in comes Lester Holt.