This dude is pathological. And notice the lies all revolve around one theme: I am not just a talking head; I was there, man, and I’ve got cool bros’ like the SEAL Team Six guys as buds. Check me out, just don’t look too close…
Williams referred over a period of years to “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 later said he was not in the the helicopter that was hit by an RPG, but in a helicopter directly behind it. The pilots of Williams’ helicopter say their chopper was not directly behind the hit Chinook, but in a different company altogether.
SEAL Team 6
During the May 3, 2011, NBC Nightly News broadcast, Williams said that he had “the great honor of flying into Baghdad with SEAL Team Six at the start of the war.” A Special Operations Command spokesman said “We do not embed journalists with this or any other unit that conducts counter-terrorism missions.” Said another SEAL officer to CNN: “That early in the conflict, there were only missions taking place, not bouncing between outstations.”
Williams claimed he was on a blackout mission at night with elements of SEAL Team Six, and “I was told not to make any eye contact with them or initiate any conversation,” Williams said on Letterman in 2012. But Williams’ timing of events is muddy, as three days after the invasion was March 22, 2003; he broadcast from Baghdad airport only on April 9, 2003.
The Berlin Wall
At a 2008 forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Williams said that he “was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin wall came down.” As CNN reports, “‘the night the wall came down’ is widely recognized as November 9, 1989… An NBC News source in a position to know confirmed to CNNMoney that ‘Brian arrived the day after the wall came down.'”
CBS notes there are reports surfacing that Williams arrived the day after, noting his own “Nightly News” predecessor Tom Brokaw was the only journalist there to report live from the scene.
The Huffington Post identified questions about Williams’ claims about “war memorabilia the anchor claims to have received as gifts, including a Navy SEAL’s knife and a piece of the helicopter from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.” It is unlikely a SEAL would hand over his combat knife to a stranger, and nearly impossible to believe someone would hand a TV guy a piece of the high-tech, highly-classified materials the bin Laden raid helo was made of.
Williams also claims to have seen a dead body float past his hotel room during Hurricane Katrina under dubious circumstances.
The disgraced anchorman also seems to have fibbed about meeting the Pope.
So, sure, other than all that, everything else is true. And I’m Willie Freaking Nelson.
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A Quick Recap of Brian Williams’ Lies (To Date)