Brian Williams in more trouble over Katrina claims

I said I doubted that the helicopter crash story would be the only lie by Brian Williams. Apparently there are some questions being asked about William’s account of an episode in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (2006). He spent the night of the storm with refuge-seekers in the Superdome and then reported on the harrowing days that followed-

“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,”

and

“My week, two weeks there was not helped by the fact that I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery, our hotel was overrun with gangs, I was rescued in the stairwell of a five-star hotel in New Orleans by a young police officer. We are friends to this day. And uh, it just was uh, I look back at total agony.”

In fact the French Quarter, the original high ground of New Orleans, was not impacted by the floodwaters that overwhelmed the vast majority of the city.

Dr. Brobson Lutz, a former city health director who manned an EMS trailer that was set up in the 900 block of Dumaine Street, a block from his house in the French Quarter, said he was a fan of Williams but dubious of his claims.

“We were never wet. It was never wet,” he remarked of the conditions in the city’s most historic neighborhood.

As for dysentery, “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” Lutz said.

As for Williams saying he accidentally drank floodwaters, Lutz added, “I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”

Ann Coulter has posted a link to a flood map of New Orleans for the time in question that shows no flooding in the area where Williams was staying.

Williams is a liar but I reckon it is 50/50 he will keep his job. Progressives don’t know the meaning of shame.

Information above from item in New Orleans Advocate.



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