Brian Williams Lied About Being Aboard Helicopter Shot Down In Iraq
If there’s one thing this nation won’t tolerate, and rightly so, it’s people who lie about wartime experiences for personal gain. They won’t stand for that shit. It simply will not be rewarded because America won’t have it. Which is why famous daughter-getting-her-butt-eaten-watcher Brian Williams is in some shit after soldiers came forward and debunked his story that he was in a Chinook helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003. Williams had repeated the claim during a hockey game Friday night, and the flight engineer on the helicopter that Williams actually flew on had enough of it. Stars and Stripes reports:
The claim rankled Miller as well as soldiers aboard the formation of 159th Aviation Regiment Chinooks that were flying far ahead and did come under attack during the March 24, 2003, mission.
One of the helicopters was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades — one did not detonate but passed through the airframe and rotor blades — as well as small arms fire.
“It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I know how lucky I was to survive it,” said Lance Reynolds, who was the flight engineer. “It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”
Brian Williams has since issued the soldiers a lengthy apology claiming he “misremembered” the events, but not surprisingly, that’s already falling apart. Via Fortress America:
First, at what point exactly did Williams begin to misremember being in the afflicted helicopter, since a decade ago he was telling the same story he is now, of actually being in a nearby aircraft?
Second, how reliable is the 2005/2008/2015 account, given that the soldiers present told Stripes that Williams was “nowhere near” the entire formation surrounding the struck aircraft, and that his unscathed helo followed the others an hour later?
As of this post, the Internet is calling for Brian Williams’ head which makes sense when you have a prominent newscaster lie and say he was aboard a helicopter that was shot down because that’s something you don’t just suddenly remember didn’t happen to you in real life. Unlike that time Hilary Duff told me she was saving her virginity for me. That was real and still happening as we speak. Soon, my love, soon…