Thursday, February 5, 2015

Brian Williams Forgets He Wasn't On Helicopter Shot Down In Iraq

                 NBC News anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday, February 4th, for “mistakenly” claiming he had been on a helicopter that was shot down by ground fire in Iraq in 2003.
                Williams told  the story in specific detail to David Letterman in 2013. The story surfaced again recently after Williams took a soldier to a New York Rangers game and inaccurate comments were made by the public address announcer leading to the soldier- and Williams- receiving a standing ovation. Williams was also praised on Facebook…until the actual helicopter’s flight engineer put up his own Facebook post stating that he didn’t remember Williams “being on my helicopter.” He did, however, remember Williams “walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened.”
                The flight engineer and other crew members told Stars & Stripes that Williams was not in their helicopter that had been shot down but in one that arrived an hour later.
                This led to Williams’ admission Wednesday on Facebook that he had been on the later-arriving helicopter, not the one that had been hit. He said that viewing the video of the impact area  “and the fog of memory over 12 years- made me conflate the two, and I apologize.”
                Well, I remember how I forgot I wasn’t in the Battle of the Bulge, so I can sympathize. I had read so much about it and seen maps and diagrams of the area that I just naturally vividly remembered being frozen and shot at by the Germans.
                Additionally, I'm quite certain I was in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th, 2001, but that was over 13 years ago, so…
                I have at times also forgotten that I wasn’t on the Titanic or the Hindenburg. Lusitania?
                I do know for certain, however, that I was on Apollo 13. You can trust me on that one.

                Poor Brian. He means well. He just wants us to kiss his butt.

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