1. NBC News anchor Brian Williams may misremember events while reporting in Iraq in 2003 but social media won't let him forget it. Twitter filled with images of Williams in various other historical situations he was never in.
  2. Williams apologized Wednesday for telling the story he now says was mistaken a week earlier during a Nightly News tribute to a veteran he had befriended during a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. Before expressing his regrets on the air, Williams did so online and in an interview with the newspaper Stars & Stripes:
  3. "This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not... I hope they know they have my greatest respect and also now my apology."
  4. In his Feb. 4 interview with Stripes, Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer who was on the Chinook helicopter that went down in Iraq, said that Williams wasn't on his aircraft and the helicopters in which Williams travelled never came under attack.
  5. He also posted this message to Williams on Facebook:
  6. Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft. I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened. Then I remember you guys taking back off in a different flight of Chinooks from another unit and heading to Kuwait to report your "war story" to the Nightly News. The whole time we were still stuck in Iraq trying to repair the aircraft and pulling our own Security.
  7. Christopher Simeone was one of two pilots on Brian Williams' helicopter. In an interview with the New York Times, he said they did not recall their convoy of helicopters coming under fire:
  8. “When he was on the air on the Letterman show, I was going crazy,” Simeone said. “I was thinking ‘This guy is such a liar and everyone believes it.’" Simeone also posted the following reaction on Facebook:
  9. Such a liar! I was the Pilot in Command of the CH-47 flying Brian Williams into Iraq during the invasion. He was on my aircraft and we were NOT shot down. That was a sister ship and a friend of mine. Brian Williams has been knowingly lying since that mission to boost his credentials. As far as the soldier, he deserved to be recognized! They were a help to us. As far as Brian Williams, he's a fake.
  10. Using the hashtags #BrianWilliamsMisremembers, #BrianWilliamsMemories and #BrianWilliamsWarStories, Twitter has placed Williams into several different historical events.
  11. A similar set of images, depicting Brian Williams' face in historical photographs emerged via the hashtag #BrianWilliamsMisremembers:
  12. It's OK. Somebody had to stop you before you became the pilot of your very own Chinook helicopter. #BrianWilliamsMemories #intervention #keepingBrianWilliamsHonest http://i.imgur.com/EVE1tAK.jpg
    It's OK. Somebody had to stop you before you became the pilot of your very own Chinook helicopter. #BrianWilliamsMemories #intervention #keepingBrianWilliamsHonest i.imgur.com/EVE1tAK.jpg
  13. Many who commented on social media questioned Williams' ability to recover from damage his reputation is incurring due to this story:
  14. US broadcasting is appalling. Everything from this to pundit security experts who get sued by an entire city (the Manchester is no-go for non-Islamists fiasco). I've got my bones with CBC but it's good reporting. AP is excellent. All it's doing is eroding faith in once cherished media establishments as there are so many indpendant resources now available. The days of big box news have been over for some time, just waiting for the last rattle and them to expire. Good riddance.
  15. Unfortunately, credibility destroyed. Why would he state such a thing, knowing full well it would be fact checked & challenged. I am disappointed in Brian Williams.
  16. They want to be the news not report the news. He has no credibility or integrity left.
  17. While some others applauded his apology:
  18. The fact he owned up unlike Fox news makes me respect him more.
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