NBC News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility seriously threatened because he claimed — falsely — that he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.
NBC News officials would not say whether their top on-air personality would face disciplinary action. A popular anchor for just over a decade, Williams had become a punching bag.
“How could you expect anyone to believe he or the broadcast he leads has any credibility?” wrote critic David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun.
Williams apologized Wednesday for telling the story a week earlier during a 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 a military newspaper. He speculated that constant viewing of video showing him inspecting the helicopter “and the fog of memory over 12 years, made me conflate the two, and I apologize.”