Top US news anchor admits he lied about coming under fire in Iraq

NBC News has launched an investigation after its evening news anchor Brian Williams said he fabricated claims he was on a helicopter shot down in 2003
Top US news anchor admits he lied about coming under fire in Iraq
NBC News Anchor Brian Williams. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sun 08 Feb 2015 11:39 AM

NBC News has launched an investigation after its evening news anchor Brian Williams said he fabricated claims he was on a helicopter shot down by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003.

Williams, one of America’s best-known TV news anchors, told military journal Stars & Stripes in an interview published last week that, contrary to previous claims he has made since 2003, he was on a different aircraft that landed safely an hour behind the one shot down.

“I made a mistake in recalling the events 12 years ago,” he told Stars & Stripes. “It did not take long to hear from the brave [Iraqi veterans] and their crews [who repudiated his account].”

“I hope they know they have my greatest respect and, now, my apology,” he added.

Williams was on a reporting trip to Iraq in 2003 when the Chinook helicopter in question was forced down by rockets and small-arms fire. In various public comments made since then, Williams has told how he and the NBC crew had been aboard that craft.

NBC News president Deborah Turness announced an internal investigation on Friday, according to Yahoo News. “As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired,” she wrote.

Williams has reportedly stepped away from NBC’s Nightly News ‘for several days’ following the revelations.

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