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.”