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Brian Williams’s Latest Suspect Stories

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 am

We celebrate the first weekday of Brian Williams’s “self-imposed” hiatus with these additional stories that are being questioned:

Questioning Brian Williams’s claims that ‘gangs’ terrorized the Ritz-Carlton during Katrina

[F]or Williams, few stories illustrated that predilection to talk more than his takes on Katrina — the stories with which he made his bones. The stories that are now taking heat.

Among them: The one he told about witnessing a suicide at the Superdome. Or the one he told about watching a body float past the Ritz-Carlton, perched at the edge of an otherwise dry French Quarter. Or the one about the dysentery he said he got. And, finally, the story he told about the Ritz-Carlton gangs. Three separate individuals told reporters no gangs infiltrated the Ritz-Carlton.

NBC’s Brian Williams told varying versions of rocket fire in Israel-Hezbollah war

NBC News anchor Brian Williams certainly has placed himself in dangerous situations in covering wars and natural disasters over the years. But how much danger? With Williams, the answer varies.

In addition to statements about his reporting from Iraq and New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina that are under review by NBC, Williams has given varying accounts of the risks he faced in reporting on Israel’s war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in 2006.

This has to be uncomfortable for Williams — even more uncomfortable than lying in his tanning bed hour after hour wearing his Raybans.

P.S. I still can’t get that excited about this story. Dishonest Blowhard is Dishonest Blowhard, film at 11.

28 Responses to “Brian Williams’s Latest Suspect Stories”

  1. Is there any newsanchor where a story like this would get you excited?
    Does it have to come out that he lied about a news story as Rather did in order to get you excited?
    to me , this is like ‘Broadcast News’ and ‘Network’ coming to life, so exciting in that way. Disclaimer: as far as i know, i have never seen B.W. do an entire broadcast nor seen any of his comedy show appearances.

    seeRpea (8193fc)

  2. Williams wasn’t only one to exaggerate the impact of Katrina. This was a concerted effort by the MSM to pile on Bush.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  3. “P.S. I still can’t get that excited about this story. Dishonest Blowhard is Dishonest Blowhard, film at 11.”

    I’ve become so used to lying leftists in all walks of life from man made global warming to a video causing Benghazi that a self-absorbed narcissistic leftist like Williams hardly makes a dent. I mean, after years of Olberman and Shultz not to mention the man-boys Ezra Klein and Anderson Cooper why would anything surprise us? Ya wanna really talk pure blowhard then talk Krugman.

    Hoagie (58a3ec)

  4. Patterico,

    Pour encourager les autres.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  5. Suggestion: Someone at, say, Fox News ought to go over the Katrina footage from the networks and find all the lies. There were enough of them and seemingly all with the same intent.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  6. re #2: as i recall, there were exaggerations from both sides.
    as for piling on, well I’m with M.Malkin on this. The Feds did an awful job when they first came on the scene doing their own job that didn’t need or require local gov’t.

    I still cringe at ‘doing heck of a job Brownie’

    seeRpea (8193fc)

  7. Teh Ritz-Carlton Disciple Nation?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. re: #’s 6 and 2

    I have it seared into my memory that “they” were broadcasting that the people in the Superdome were eating babies to survive.

    John Pomeroy (d40b4c)

  9. recall the Times Picayune, one of the worst of the offenders, won a Pulitzer that year:

    narciso (ee1f88)

  10. On the menu at Popeye’s:
    3-pc fried chicken (2 legs and a wing)
    Cole slaw

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. Sort of revitalizes the original meaning of “unbelievable”.

    Now, with each story Mr. Williams delivers, viewers everywhere will look at each other and say: “Is that true?” And the question will not be rhetorical.

    navyvet (66f9d3)

  12. thanks narciso.

    mg (31009b)

  13. As I mentioned on the other thread, I think blowing off a Medal of Honor reception that he had previously agreed to host, on the day of the event, in favor of an SNL cameo should be the final nail in the coffin.

    Gazzer (e441dc)

  14. And he will survive this because his core audience, old folk, have no inkling of this sad saga. How could they? No internet. NBC will keep him on because it’s a money maker. And they will confirm for us what we have always known about them and their integrity.

    Gazzer (e441dc)

  15. narciso @11. 12. I think the “Solon of Scranton” is Joe Biden. I’m not sure about the comparison. Joe Biden lied about achievements, or his family, and it’s all about tings well in the past, before he got any job. Brian Williams lied about things that happened to him afer he as already the anchor or slated to be the anchor at NBC, except for the possible lies about rescuing the puppy and the about the armed robbery he experienced while selling Christmas trees.

    Sammy Finkelman (e806a6)

  16. Gazzer , I know things vary by geography and people’s interests and abilities do vary by age, but with only a few exceptions every “older” person I know–say 65 or older–is very “in” to the wonders of the basic internet and using eMail over their home computer. I just went out with a friend to buy a magnifier for his 90 year old grandfather’s computer screen because he was complaining he couldn’t see his stock price charts well enough. The more these folks lose their mobility or don’t like to go out because of weather or hearing or other safety reasons, they seem to be getting more proficient in using the internet to keep involved in the world via news and politics sites. Another friend’s father is in hospice care and his being able to connect with far away family and acquaintances over the internet has been a godsend.
    I wonder if the core “old folks” who were raised and educated with a different value system may not in fact be more outraged by Williams’ tall tales than younger more cynical folks may be.

    elissa (b6b39a)

  17. It’s possible Elissa. I have an old lady across the street who typifies what I meant. She reads the local rag dutifully and watches the news every night. She is 80 years old and still drives the 67 Cougar she bought brand new in Chicago (although we live in AZ). Every week I trim her yard and every once in a while she’ll buy me a bottle of gin although she is furtive about that lest one of her church members think she has taken to drink.
    My other neighbors, a couple of years younger, also religiously read the local rag (which is the AZ Republic which made no mention of Fast and Furious for 18 months, even though it was a local story)but they are on the internet, albeit fearfully, lest they do something “wrong.”
    However, in any discussion, if I cite something from the internet they are always skeptical, even though they listen to Hewitt, Krauthammer, Sowell, etc. They just cannot believe a word. They are so derisive that I have almost given up on them.
    None so blind, etc…

    Gazzer (e441dc)

  18. bush,cheney,rice rumsfeld and faux news neo-con vietnam war draft dodging chicken hawks lie us into iraq war and we punish brian williams for lying about iraq!

    truther (2a0c06)

  19. and we punish brian williams for lying about iraq just about everything he’s ever “reported”

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  20. bush,cheney,rice rumsfeld and faux news neo-con vietnam war draft dodging chicken hawks

    How was Condi Rice a draft dodger? Women have never been drafted in this country.

    Chuck Bartowski (11fb31)

  21. well if you are going to play that game, how were either Bush draft dodgers?

    seeRpea (181740)

  22. is truther a troll or prankster?

    seeRpea (181740)

  23. No way Williams survives this. NBC has credibility probems enough *cough Al Sharpton cough* without this nonsense. He’s toast.

    fugazi (381bb5)

  24. Speaking of survival, I have a hope for Bobbi Kristina Brown, drowning victim in a medical induced coma. She’s the sole beneficiary of Whitney Houston’s estate. Don’t know how big a fortune that might be, but it’s certainly enough to pay the electric bill on a respirator.

    I hope they don’t give up on her for sake of “if she wakes up, she’ll never be the same woman you knew”. In her case, they can afford to be indulgent, even if she never wakes up.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  25. .



    P.S. I still can’t get that excited about this story. Dishonest Blowhard is Dishonest Blowhard, film at 11.

    NO NO NO!!!

    This isn’t about the dishonest blowhard.

    This is about the new young generation of kids who, having already seen liberalism exposed for what it is with Obama, Obamacare, and the general behavior of the Left in the last 5 years, are now ALSO being given a chance to see what The Media really and truly is, too.

    . . . . And that, sir, is nothing short of WONDERFUL. . . . . .

    It may well be too late, but… it can’t hurt, especially if it isn’t.

    I regularly put forth the claim that the true changepoint for Boomers vs. GenXers is not AGE.

    It’s what they learned from WATERGATE:

    Boomers learned “You Can’t Trust Republicans“.

    Gen-Xers</em learned "You Can’t Trust Politicians“.

    Now we’re not just giving a new generation the Gen-X lesson, but adding to it
    You Can’t Trust The Media“, as well.

    Spec-ephin’-tacular, I say!




    IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

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