Brian Williams might have misremembered a few more incidents
Since his suspenion without pay from NBC in February, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been under investigation by the network for misremembering a situation that took place on a helicopter during the Iraq War in 2003.
Sources told the New York Times that the investigation has consisted of an examination of six other incidents in which Williams “is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts.” The first occurrence surrounds Williams’ statements about Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring in February 2011, when the anchor declared he was reporting from the square itself. Williams stood by those details while recouting his time in Egypt with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show later that month. But follow-up reports say Williams was actually reporting from a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square, rather than in the middle of the action.
Other situations mentioned by the Times include an instance in which Williams was traveling in a helicopter over northern Israel during a missile attack in 2006, and the circumstances under which he “received a fragment of a helicopter that crashed during the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011.”
An anonymous source told the Washington Post that NBC News has found 11 cases in which Williams allegedly falsified his reports, including the three called out by the Times. CNN claims the number is “at least 10 instances of exaggeration and embellishments.”
Lester Holt will continue as Williams’ replacement until August, when the former anchor’s suspension ends. A decision on whether Williams will be allowed to return is not expected soon.