Thursday, February 05, 2015

In January 2010 NBC's Brian Williams slammed Mark McGwire for lying

2/5/15, "Brian Williams Slammed MLB's Mark McGwire For Lying," CNS News, Eric Scheiner

"In January of 2010, NBC news anchor Brian Williams said, “we can’t say what we would like to” when discussing the news that baseball player Mark McGwire “stopped lying today” and admitted to the use of steroids.

“Because this is a family broadcast we probably can’t say what we would like to about the news today that Mark McGwire, the home run hitter, the fan favorite from the St. Louis Cardinals, stopped lying today and admitted that he did it while on steroids,” Williams said during the January 11, 2010 Nightly News broadcast.

“He didn’t tell the truth to Congress or to his fans until finally, formally coming clean today. He’s been unable to get into the Hall of Fame and apparently even for him the shame here was too much.”

After a reporter presented a video package on McGwire’s career and confession to using steroids Williams said, “Kind of an American tragedy the way it’s ended so far.

Williams apologized Wednesday for falsely claiming he was on a helicopter forced down in 2003, during the invasion in Iraq.

"I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago," he said.

"I want to apologize. I said I was travelling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft."

His apology was prompted by a story in Stars and Stripes in which crew members on the helicopter that was hit said Williams wasn't on it.

The story of being on the helicopter when it was hit was told by Williams several times.

In March of 2013 he told the David Letterman Show, that while in Iraq “we were going to drop some bridge portions across the Euphrates so the third infantry could cross on them. Two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire including the one I was in. RPG and AK-47's."" video at link. via Lucianne


2/4/15, "NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest," Stars and Stripes, Travis J. Tritten

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