So, it may have happened that NBC's amusing and serious main news-reader made the mistake of thinking he was onboard a helicopter that took a hit of enemy fire.
The actual story is something...less.
“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
Williams and his camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook in a formation that was about an hour behind the three helicopters that came under fire, according to crew member interviews.
That Chinook took no fire and landed later beside the damaged helicopter due to an impending sandstorm from the Iraqi desert, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.
“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” he said Wednesday.
So, it was more like he was danger-adjacent. Still could have been him if things were different. He isn't any worse than he was yesterday, and there are lies about the Iraq War that came from news readers we respected at his level and so on for a little over a decade.. That's a real concern I have, and one I still want the news to report on.
Should he get sacked for being this close and not more to danger?
I'm a blogger. It's always 2004 in my mind. Was he in any jeopardy ever? Tell me where on the G.I. Bear the enemy hurt you. Was it like Hillary Clinton in Bosnia or what?
I'm sorry, turns out, I am the kind of blogger who always is hating. But I am still so much more about the aluminum tubes and the yellowcake story-fail and all those things--lying about Iraq is like a national pastime, isn't it? If Brian Williams went to a danger zone he was probably plenty-freaked-out. Maybe he saw a little flack.
I don't know how he misremembers. He just isn't the worst of the lot. (The very worst got medals.)