Things are going from bad to worse for NBC Anchor Brian Williams. Yesterday a report surfaced which claimed a pilot remembered taking small arms fire while Williams was on board, this report was used by those who defended Williams. However, that pilot has now walked back his story saying his memory was wrong and he probably didn’t have Williams on the flight.
…[…] “On Friday morning, Krell told me that “the information I gave you was true based on my memories, but at this point I am questioning my memories.”… (link)
Now reports are surfacing which show Brian Williams may have made up significant parts of his stories around his post-Hurricane Katrina Coverage; and NBC news executives are embarrassingly concerned the credibility of the entire network might be moments away from complete collapse. Apparently Tom Brokaw has long known of Williams propensity for exaggerating stories.
CNN’s Brian Stelter reports: “Things are going from bad to worse”
NEW YORK – You know you’re in trouble when Tom Brokaw is out for your blood.
NBC’s most revered journalist is furious that Brian Williams is still in the anchor chair after he sheepishly admitted he hadn’t traveled on a helicopter hit by enemy fire.
“Brokaw wants Williams’ head on a platter,” an NBC source said. “He is making a lot of noise at NBC that a lesser journalist or producer would have been immediately fired or suspended for a false report.”
Brokaw, 74, was still the “Nightly News” anchor when Williams came back from his Iraq expedition — and an insider said he knew the story Williams later spouted was bunk.
“Tom Brokaw and [former NBC News President] Steve Capus knew this was a false story for a long time and have been extremely uncomfortable with it,” the source said. (read more)
ALSO – More heroic tales of Brian Williams‘ adventures in journalism are being questioned.
The NBC news anchor, who apologized Wednesday for telling a false story about taking fire in a helicopter while covering Iraq, is being called out for possibly lying about his experience covering Hurricane Katrina, according to a report.
Williams claimed to have gotten dysentery from drinking floodwater and seeing dead bodies float past his hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter while covering Hurricane Katrina.
However, the The New Orleans Advocate noted that the French Quarter was not flooded and quoted a local health expert who did not recall anyone getting such a stomach ailment.
Williams recalled his bout with the bug in an interview with Tom Brokaw last year, when he said: “I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery.”
The Advocate said a public health official never heard of people getting things like dysentery after the storm.
“I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” Dr. Brobson Lutz told The Advocate. (read more)
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