NEW YORK -- Just call him Lyin' Brian. NBC anchor Brian Williams is coming under fire for forgetting he wasn’t in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket.
That’s right. The NBC Nightly News anchor is now admitting the story he’s been telling since 2003 is.. uh… wrong.
“I want to apologize; I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire. I was instead in a following aircraft,” Williams said.
This all started last week, when Williams paid tribute to Tim Terpack, an Iraq war veteran who, he said, protected him in 2003 when their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq.
The story became bigger on the Jumbotron of a New York Rangers hockey game when the two men were reunited – but that’s when the Stars and Stripes newspaper decided to step in and investigate.
They claimed Williams’ story wasn’t true, that crew members who were actually on the aircraft that was hit say Williams was nowhere near the gunfire – and showed up an hour later.
Williams may have been an hour late, but the social media response was right on time.
Talking about the time he reported from the moon.
Or the time he inspired a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
And how about his role in a key World War II battle ...
Or his work as a military strategist from way back when.
Looks like NBC’s ‘most trusted newsman’ may need to add another Commandment.
‘Thou shallt not falsify stories.’