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NBCs Brian Williams Recants Iraq Chopper Story

 

Brian Williams has told his TV audience, on more than one occasion, about an incident in 2003 where he was on chopper in Iraq that was forced down under enemy fire. Twelve years later he has recanted his version of the story.

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According to a February 4, 2015 article by Stars and Stripes, "NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years."

Stars and Stripes reported, "Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said. 'I would not have chosen to make this mistake,' Williams said. 'I dont know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.'"

Williams drew fire after he met with U.S. Army Sergeant Major (retired) Tim Terpack for a public tribute at an NHL Rangers hockey game and the story was aired. Terpack and his group provided ground security for the helicopters that were downed in the incident. Several military personnel who were present at the incident spoke out to say Williams was "nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire." 

Williams voluntarily stepped down from the NBC anchor chair shortly before NBC announced that he was suspended without pay for six months.

Posted 02/04/15   Updated 02/15/15

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