NEW YORK — NBC News anchor Brian Williams has apologized for a dramatic story he told about his time in Iraq during the Iraq war.
Brian Williams paid tribute to an Iraq War veteran on Friday. He said the soldier helped protect him in 2003 when their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq.
To make matters worse, the story was retold over the Jumbotron during a New York Rangers hockey game, where the two were reunited.
After an investigation by the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes, it seemed the version of the story told by Williams seemed to be false.
Mr. Williams blamed a foggy memory for the discrepancies:
“On this broadcast last week, in an effort to honor and thank a veteran who protected me and so many others during a ground fire incident in the desert during the Iraq war invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago, it did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire, I was instead in a following aircraft,” Williams said.