The now suspended anchor of the NBC Nightly News Brian Williams, it turns out, has also lied about his experiences in Israel, the Washington Post has revealed. This lie deals with his claims of having come under rocket fire while covering Israel’s war in Lebanon in 2006.
First one, then another, then another. That always seems to be the case in these types of scandals. That is what happened recently to Bill Cosby, for example.
People tend to support someone famous when the first allegation of wrongdoing surfaces. If it remains one and only one accusation then they will continue to take the celebrity’s side. But when the floodgates open up and multiple accusations surface, the supporters join the chorus of detractors.
When Williams admitted to embellishing just the one story of what happened on a helicopter in Iraq in 2003, his fans said to themselves, “OK, so he exaggerated.” But after his apology it was revealed that the embellishment was actually an outright lie.
Since then more examples of Williams taking liberties with the truth have emerged. The most recent of which are his changing versions of how the helicopter which Williams rode in during the 2006 war was fired at by rockets.
Yes he again lied about something that happened to him while riding in a helicopter. If someone is going to be a habitual liar he should at least try and be creative about it.
As the Washington Post has pointed out, in a 2007 interview Williams said, “There were Katyusha rockets passing just beneath the helicopter I was riding in, ” about his 2006 helicopter ride.
But in a blogpost for NBC News a year earlier he did not mention anything about rocket fire. He did say that he saw rockets being fired at Israel from a distance.
“Then, I noticed something out the window. From a distance of six miles, I witnessed a rocket launch. A rising trail of smoke, then a second rocket launch, an orange flash and more smoke — as a rocket heads off toward Israel, ” he wrote.
If you are the betting sort then you should probably put some money down on Brian Williams not returning to the anchor’s chair at NBC News.