Anchor Brian Williams, paying for his mistake
The most watched network anchor from the U.S. has been suspended by NBC, his employer. Brian Williams has admitted to offering an inaccurate account of coming under fire in Iraq. As payment for his “unforgivable” actions, the broadcaster has communicated William’s six months suspension. The anchor often declared he was shot down in a helicopter in Iraq.
Blaming the “fog of memory”, Williams recognized he got the story wrong. Last week, he apologized for the error while on air. "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."
‘Severe and appropriate’ were the terms that characterized William’s pay for his mistake. "His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate." claimed NBC News President Deborah Turness. She also said that it became clear that the anchor has misrepresented events from the Iraq was on more than one occasion.
Veterans who were on the helicopter that was hit challenged his version of events.Flight Engineer Lance Reynolds, wrote on his blog: "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."
Moreover, a report Williams made report on Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has raised many questions, being that one health official challenged a claim he contracted dysentery while reporting on the aftermath.