Brian Williams, the beloved anchor of NBC Nightly News, has been suspended for 6 months without pay following the discovery that a much-lauded story about Williams’ experience in Iraq had been falsified.
On February 4, 2015 Williams retold a story about being aboard a military Chinook helicopter during the 2003 invasion of Iraq that was hit by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade), and forced to land. Soon after it aired, veterans who were actually on that helicopter came out and said that Williams’ story was false.
According to Wikipedia: “In his 2003 reporting of the incident Williams had said a helicopter in front of his was hit by the RPG and forced down. Notably, in a 2007 retelling of the incident, Williams said, ‘…I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us, and it hit the chopper in front of us.’ The Washington Post reported that Williams’ craft was at least a half hour behind the helicopter hit by the RPG, according to its crewmembers, so he could not have looked down the RPG tube.”
Williams apologized on February 4, 2015 and said he had mistakenly recalled what had happened 12 years ago. On February 10, 2015 NBC announced that Williams would be suspended for 6 months without pay. To put that in monetary terms, Williams makes $10 million per year, so this is in effect a $5 million fine.
In response to this falsehood, many of Williams’ other stories are being called into question, including his reporting of SEAL Team 6, Hurricane Katrina, and the Berlin Wall.
Love and Honor,