New questions for NBC star over reporting he saw a ‘body floating by’ in the French Quarter – which was spared from flooding – and that he suffered unlikely dysentery.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ 2006 claim that he saw a dead body float past his hotel window during Hurricane Katrina is drawing fresh skepticism in the wake of his own admission on Wednesday that he lied about being aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq war.
Despite a swift apology on his Nightly News program, Williams is at the center of a media firestorm after it emerged that his old war story that he has retold numerous times over the past 12 years has become increasingly exaggerated.
Williams was forced to apologize this week after claiming in a report on Friday that the chinook he was aboard in Iraq had been hit by enemy fire.
On Wednesday Williams blamed his mistake on the ‘fog of memory over 12 years’, but evidence has emerged since that Williams has repeatedly mis-told the story including to late night host David Letterman in 2013.
The anchor’s previous credibility as a highly regarded journalist is based partly on his reporting from inside the New Orleans Superdome in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
The major story broke just months after Williams replaced Tom Brokaw as NBC News’ anchor and his reporting from the devastation of New Orleans received countless plaudits and helped earn NBC a Peabody Award.
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