We expect those in the media whom we invite into our homes to present the “news” to uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity. I remember the old days of the Huntley/Brinkley report on NBC. And I bet there are those of you who remember John Chancellor as well on NBC. I remember during the peace negotiations after Desert Storm at the Safwan Airbase in Iraq seeing NBC’s Tom Brokaw there — and we shall never forget The Greatest Generation, his distinguished literary work.
But a terrible stain has fallen upon NBC — one that I bet will not be widely disseminated nor have any consequences.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “NBC News’ Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for claiming for more than a decade that he was aboard a helicopter downed by rocket fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a stunning admission that comes nearly 12 years after the network first claimed in a headline: “Target Iraq: Helicopter NBC’s Brian Williams Was Riding In Comes Under Fire.”
“Williams said Wednesday in an interview with Stars and Stripes that he may have “misremembered” events. He also apologized on Facebook for the now-debunked story. Williams’ apology comes after NBC News aired a tribute last Friday to a retired soldier who provided security for the downed choppers that night in Iraq.”
“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said during NBC News’ coverage of the tribute to the retired soldier. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
Ok, let me ask you all something, how do you “misremember” being shot down in a helicopter by an RPG? You saw the movie “Black Hawk Down” and the depiction of two UH-60 helicopters being hit by an RPG, right? In the movie “Lone Survivor” we saw the results of a CH-47D being hit with an RPG.
You don’t “misremember” being shot down in a helicopter. This reminds me of one U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, who kinda forgot that he had not actually been in Vietnam — after running around and telling everyone he’d served there. My older brother served in Vietnam, a Marine infantryman, wounded at Khe Sahn. Something tells me that such an experience is not just “mistaken.”
“Members of 159th Aviation Regiment told Stars and Stripes that Williams was nowhere near the fighting that night in 2003. In fact, they said, his chopper was about one hour behind the chopper that was actually forced down by enemy rocket and small arms fire. In remarks to Stars and Stripes, Williams admitted to “misremembering” events, but maintains that he did not mean to make the mistake.
“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.” Stars and Stripes reported Williams and his crew arrived safely and was never in any actual danger. “[W]e never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” flight engineer Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller told Stars and Stripes Wednesday.”
I would not have chosen to make this mistake? What a crock and load and disrespect to our men and women who have been wounded in combat. Brian Williams perpetuated a lie for 12 years and now he wants us to believe he didn’t chose to make a mistake?
And you don’t conflate one aircraft with another — either you are on the aircraft that was shot at and forced to land, or you were not. And if you are one hour in separation from the actual aircraft that was shot down — there is no mistake, just a lie, a purposeful lie.
Now, I can just imagine what the leftist liberal progressive media would have said if one single sentence regarding my military service had been in error. But you have to ask yourself, what would happen if a Fox News prime time anchor had promulgated a lie about being shot down in a helicopter in Iraq for 12 years?
Can you just imagine what lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC or PBS would be? I can tell you if a Republican U.S. Senate candidate had misrepresented his military service, the left would have gone nuts. And if a Fox anchor had done what Brian Williams has done, there would be demands for his or her dismissal.
Heck, just look at how the left went apoplectic over Judge Jeanine Pirro, forcing her to apologize over the Steve Emerson “Birmingham being almost all Islamic” comment. So what is the storyline from NBC regarding an apology from Williams?
“When asked if Williams would address the issue on air, an NBC News spokeswoman referred the Washington Examiner to his Facebook apology.”
Ladies and gents, that is the duplicitous hypocrisy of the liberal progressive socialist media. Hey, go to his Facebook page, the matter is over, no accountability, no consequences.
But that’s who the left is, you can tell countless lies as the president of the United States, and receive so many Pinocchios that even Jiminy Cricket can’t keep count.
President Obama tells us this invisible coalition, an armada of aircraft, is attacking ISIS, including the United Arab Emirates — and we come to find out that they quit back in December. And guess what, no worries, its all good to lie to the American people.
Let us never forget that Richard Nixon was impeached for breaking and entering.
By the way, Obama and Clinton both expressed skepticism about vaccines not too many years back. And how many millions does Al Sharpton owe the IRS? How many of his organizations have not filed taxes? And yet, he’s visited the White House some 83 times and has his own TV show on MSNBC? And to think the left was attacking the Allen West Guardian Fund? You just cannot make this stuff up and if it weren’t so serious and damning, it would make a really good Greek tragedy.
Can one of you progressive socialist trolls please explain Brian Williams’ action for us? Can you rationalize a major network news anchor lying for 12 years about being in combat? Can you please help us to understand why you on the left feel you have carte blanche to lie and dismiss this breach of integrity and character with no consequence?
Don’t give me the fog of memory bovine excrement. Brian Williams has lost all credibility and this lie was continued up to January 30th. You never forget being hit in a helicopter and forced to land. His was not a case of amnesia. It was a case of those liberal progressive socialist diseases lack-of-character-itis and hypocrisobia.