NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Recants False War Iraq Story After Soldiers Protest … Apologizes for Misremembering Being in Helicopter that was “Forced down after being hit by an RPG”
Brian Williams, LIAR: THINGS YOU DON’T MISREMEMBER … YOUR WEDDING DAY, THE BIRTH OF A CHILD AND BEING SHOT DOWN IN IRAQ AFTER TAKING FIRE AND BEING HIT BY AN RPG …
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has egg on his face and lost much credibility after he was forced to recant his story that he’d been on a helicopter that was “forced down in Iraq after being hit by an RPG.” The incident was supposed to have happened on March 24, 2003. A Chinook helicopter was forced down by enemy fire. But one important fact was not true, Williams was not aboard. For years you have told this lie to make it appear like you were some brave individual who took fire in a time of war. I am sure Mr. Williams that it was great conversation at cocktail parties.
But servicemen who met Williams that day remember a completely different story.
They claim that Williams’ helicopter arrived an hour after a different Chinook helicopter was shot down by enemy fire. They confirm that NBC News’ helicopter was forced to land, but only because of an impending sandstorm.
Mike O’Keeffe, the door gunner on the downed helicopter, told military newspaper Stars and Stripes he remembered seeing Williams tell the false version of the story as far back in 2003. “Over the years it faded, and then to see it last week it was — I can’t believe he is still telling this false narrative.”
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.
The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.
“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
Williams told his Nightly News audience that the erroneous claim was part of a “bungled attempt” to thank soldiers who helped protect him in Iraq in 2003. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said. “I want to apologize.”
The sick and pathetic aspect of this entire story is that individuals Command Sgt. Major Tim Terpak are heroes, not for fictitiously, saving the lives of liars like Brian Williams and the MSM who feel the need to interject themselves in war, when they were not. No one needs to embellish what men and women did and still do in our military who served in war wherever they may have served. Command Sgt. Major Tim Terpak is a hero, you Brian Williams are a zero. Idiots like Brian Williams do a disservice to our brave military.
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In a comment on NBC Nightly News’ Facebook page, under the video of Williams’ coverage of the tribute, Flight Engineer Lance Reynolds wrote “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft. I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened. Then I remember you guys taking back off in a different flight of Chinooks from another unit and heading to Kuwait to report your ‘war story’ to the Nightly News. The whole time we were still stuck in Iraq trying to repair the aircraft and pulling our own Security.”
Reynolds told Stars and Stripes, “It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I’ve know how lucky I was to survive it. It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”