(New York, NY — February 4, 2015) – Brian Williams of NBC News has officially joined the litany of journalists and politicians that lied before him.
Sadly, it took 12 years to bring the issue to light.
Williams, anchor for the NBC Evening News since 2004, admitted yesterday that his spectacular story from the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was, in fact, embellished.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had misremembered – and told repeatedly – about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false.
The original story had Williams coming under fire from the ground as American troops poured into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He claimed to have been shot down in a Chinook helicopter by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).
In fact, Williams’ Chinook arrived on the scene of the downed helicopter about an hour after the incident.
Reading from a teleprompter, he delivered a 50-second apology during last night’s newscast.
But this scandal is far from over, as news officials and pundits scour Williams’ previous broadcasts and interviews to see what else he lied about
“Williams claimed to be on the roof of One World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001, attacks,” said an investigator, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Anyone who made it to the roofs of the Twin Towers died that day. So what is he still doing here?”
“He claimed to have been on the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and sank,” said another investigator, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But the Titanic went down in April 1912, and Williams wasn’t born until 1959. How did no one bring this into question?”
Whether anyone will trust Williams again – or whether he will keep his job – is open to speculation. However, if past experience is any indication, the company Williams now keeps shows that he’s likely safe:
|Name||Lies, Lies, and More Lies|
|Fareed Zakaria||The journalist has been caught plagiarizing “his” work several times, including items published in The New York Times. This leaves us to wonder why he’s still employed by the The New York Times – if at all?|
|President George H.W. Bush||Famously promising “no new taxes” during the 1988 campaign, he broke his word in 1990. Calling them “revenue increases” didn’t fool average, ordinary, everyday Americans.|
|President Bill Clinton||On January 6, 1998, President Clinton famously declared “I did not … have … sexual … relations … with that woman” about Monica Lewinsky. He was impeached in December 1998 – for lying.|
|President George W. Bush||Invading Iraq in 2003 under false pretenses. Enough said.|