NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been forced to issue a public apology after he lied about being inside a helicopter that was shot down by enemy fire 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 (a rocket propelled grenade). Our travelling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armour mechanised platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
But Williams story was found to be false after military newspaper Stars & Stripes interviewed crew members who were on the aircraft and offered a different version of events. Crew members said Williams was nowhere near the downed chopper, arriving an hour after the rocket attack.
“I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another,” Williams told