Quantcast
Connect with us

NBC investigating Brian Williams over fake Iraq war story as questions mount about Katrina reports

Published

on

NBC News is investigating primetime anchor Brian Williams following his admission that his story about getting shot down in a military helicopter was fake, Politico reported.

NBC News President Deborah Turness informed staff members of the probe in a memo sent on Friday.

“Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team,” Turness’ memo stated. “And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.”

ADVERTISEMENT

USA Today reported that the head of NBC News’ investigative unit, Richard Esposito, is leading what Turness described as “a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired.”

On Wednesday, Williams apologized and recanted after being questioned over his story about riding in a Chinook helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while flying over Iraq in 2003.

He also issued an on-air apology, saying he “made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” and that it was actually another helicopter on the same mission that sustained fire, but CNN reported that that account has also been called into question.

The New Orleans Advocate reported that Williams is also facing increased scrutiny over his story that he saw a body float by him in the city’s French Quarter following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“When you look out of your hotel window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down, when you see bodies that you last saw in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and swore to yourself that you would never see in your country,” he said in an interview a year later.

ADVERTISEMENT

Other reports noted that the area was devoid of the flooding that plagued other parts of the city. However, according to the Advocate, photographs and other accounts from that time do show significant flooding around the Ritz-Carlton, where Williams stayed.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Internet buries Meaghan McCain for ‘rude and condescending’ Twitter attack on critics of her ‘The View’ antics

Published

on

On Saturday morning "The View" co-host Meghan McCain snapped back at some of her online critics who complained about her observations and demeanor on the popular ABC show -- which was not received very well as one might expect.

According to conservative commentator -- who also is the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain -- wrote:  "It’s called “The View”... I am paid to give another view. If you’re deeply triggered by a diversity of opinions and want to watch a show where everyone just sits around agreeing with one another on everything, feel free to find a show called “The Same”...."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

At Joe Biden’s eleventh-hour rally in Nevada, many union members remain uncommitted

Published

on

On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has referred to himself as "middle-class Joe," had a last-minute chance to connect with middle-class Nevada voters before Saturday's caucuses. At a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sandwiches, attendees that included firefighters and iron workers gathered for what was advertised as a precinct captain training — or to simply hear Biden's pitch. Indeed, many attendees of the barbecue were still undecided a mere day before caucusing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump’s NSC is ignoring intelligence reports and basing policy on handouts of Trump’s tweets: report

Published

on

According to a report from the New York Times, members of the National Security Council under Donald Trump no longer uses their extensive knowledge of international relations, politics, and history to formulate foreign policy security proposals for the president's review -- and are instead using the president's tweets to make policy based upon his desires and social media proclamations.

The report begins with noting that council members are often handed printouts of the president's tweets when they convene and are expected to use his words as their guide to formulate proposals that will likely find favor with the president.

Continue Reading
 
 
close-image