Brian Williams Is No Dick Cheney, But He Sure Enjoys Lying about Iraq

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What kind of accountability is there for news anchors who just tell straight up lies? At FOX News, none, of course. But we expect more from NBC Nightly News, right?

Brian Williams has told the same story over and over again—in great detail—about his helicopter getting shot down while he was embedded with American troops in Iraq in 2003. Didn’t happen. It’s a lie.

Busted, ol’ Lyin’ Brian pulled out the Newt Gingrich excuse—it’s just that he’s so damn patriotic, he couldn’t help himself. You see, he was just trying glorify the American troops in the best way he knew how, truth be damned! Is that so wrong??

“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.”

He did it for the troops, okay?! LEAVE LYIN’ BRIAN ALONE!

Well, maybe. That’s what he claims in the on-air version of his apology, but the online version tells a different story. On Facebook, he admitted he was in another helicopter that showed up an hour later and safely landed beside the damaged aircraft, and claimed, “the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize.”

Yeah, it’s pretty easy to forget whether you were shot out of the sky or not. Just ask anyone it’s ever happened to.

So he honestly but wrongly believed he was shot down AND he only inserted himself into the story in order to call attention to the troops, both at the same time. This ain’t helping the ol’ credibility problem, Bri.

Lyin’ Brian wrapped up his on-air apology to the troops last night by saying, “I hope they know they have my greatest respect and also now my apology.”

He apparently didn’t feel the need to apologize to the viewers. You know, the nine million people who trust him to accurately report the news every night.

Twitter, as you might expect, is not very forgiving…

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Brian Williams Is No Dick Cheney, But He Sure Enjoys Lying about Iraq

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Search Twitter for #BrianWilliamsMisremembers for more fun at Lyin’ Brian’s expense.

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  • mtn_philosoph

    There are numerous versions of this story being batted about right now, and it’s hard to tell what Williams originally said (versus what he said in numerous retellings). In the clip I saw, which was apparently from his original report of the incident, he said that some of the helicopters in the group that he was being transported in “took fire” from the ground, “including my own.” As far as I know, the phrase “taking fire” means that the subject is being fired at, and doesn’t specifically mean that it is being hit with any rounds. A segment of the video of that report showed a closeup of some bullet or shrapnel damage on a helicopter, which Williams in a voiceover indicates is not the one that he was in.