NBC’s Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq

NBC's Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq

NBC’s Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

YOU LIE:  NBC news anchor Brian Williams admitted that he lied about being shot down while onboard a Chinook helicopter during a visit to Iraq in 2003. He claimed he was on the helicopter when it was shot down by enemy fire over Baghdad.

Williams was forced to recant his story on Wednesday when the crew begged to differ with his account. Um, how stupid….Why? Why? Why?

Military-focused newspaper Stars & Stripes, was instrumental in getting Brian Williams to admit he lied:

Williams himself repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.

The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.

“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

After Stars & Stripes jarred Brian Williams’ memory, he issued an apology. I am trying to figure out how one can forget whether or not they were traveling on a plane that was shot down? Still, how can one much such a mistake? Better yet, why would anyone make that up? Crazy. He just broke every rule learned in journalism school. Here’s Brian Williams’ so-called apology in its entirety:

To Joseph, Lance, Jonathan, Pate, Michael and all those who have posted: You are absolutely right and I was wrong.

In fact, I spent much of the weekend thinking I’d gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in ’08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing just above the ramp.

Because I have no desire to fictionalize my experience (we all saw it happened the first time) and no need to dramatize events as they actually happened, I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize.

I certainly remember the armored mech platoon, meeting Capt. Eric Nye and of course Tim Terpak. Shortly after they arrived, so did the Orange Crush sandstorm, making virtually all outdoor functions impossible. I honestly don’t remember which of the three choppers Gen. Downing and I slept in, but we spent two nights on the stowable web bench seats in one of the three birds.

Later in the invasion when Gen. Downing and I reached Baghdad, I remember searching the parade grounds for Tim’s Bradley to no avail. My attempt to pay tribute to CSM Terpak was to honor his 23+ years in service to our nation, and it had been 12 years since I saw him.

The ultimate irony is: In writing up the synopsis of the 2 nights and 3 days I spent with him in the desert, I managed to switch aircraft. Nobody’s trying to steal anyone’s valor. Quite the contrary: I was and remain a civilian journalist covering the stories of those who volunteered for duty. This was simply an attempt to thank Tim, our military and Veterans everywhere — those who have served while I did not.

Blizzard of 2015: CNN’s Don Lemon Ridiculed on Twitter for his #BlizzardMobile

Juno 2015:  CNN's Don Lemon Ridiculed on Twitter for his #BlizzardMobile

Juno 2015: CNN’s Don Lemon Ridiculed on Twitter for his #BlizzardMobile (Photo Credit: Twitter via @AirlineFlyer)

#Blizzardof2015:  CNN’s Don Lemon (@DonLemon) was ridiculed on social media last night over his coverage of the “destructive” blizzard while driving around in his #BlizzardMobile and wearing his Canadian goose-down jacket. The media frenzy was just crazy. Even as the snow started to abate in Manhattan, Don Lemon was still going at it as though the worst was yet to come. Um, that worst never came. The metereologists got it wrong for New York City. The hardest hit was Suffolk County. New York City got about eight inches of snow, far less than the three feet predicted. So, the #Blizzardof2015 was a bust for New York City.

This isn’t the first time Don Lemon has been criticized for his coverage of breaking news. He was named one of the worst journalists of 2014 by the Columbia Journalism Review for his coverage of the Ferguson unrest stemming from the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown.

Here’s are some of the tweet mocking Don Lemon for #Blizzardof2015 coverage:

Sarah Palin Thinks Son Standing on Dog is Overcoming a Stumbling Block

Sarah Palin Thinks Son Standing on Dog is Overcoming a Stumbling Block

Sarah Palin Thinks Son Standing on Dog is Overcoming a Stumbling Block

Sarah Palin thinks allowing her special needs son, Trig, to stand on the family dog to help wash dishes is turning a stumbling block into a stepping stone. Um, it’s called cruelty to animals. That was Palin’s first Facebook post of 2015. Imagine if Sasha or Malia Obama stood on their family dog when they were Trig Palin’s age?

Police: Julio Resto Killed Wife, Gloria Resto, During Argument Over Christmas Gift

Police:  Julio Resto Killed Wife, Gloria Resto, During Argument Over Christmas Gift

Police: Julio Resto Killed Wife, Gloria Resto, During Argument Over Christmas Gift (Photo Credit: Facebook)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Julio Resto, 51, pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of his wife, Gloria Resto, 42, after the two got into an argument over a Christmas gift, CBS Boston reports. He was ordered held without bail.

Police say Julio Resto tried to strangle his wife and then stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife in their Waltham, Mass., apartment early Wednesday morning.

Julio Resto told police his wife was upset with him because he did not buy her a Christmas gift. He then tried to commit suicide by stuffing a towel in the exhaust pipe of his car. That did not work.

Resto said he drove to Waltham police headquarters and shouted at police officers to “shoot me, I have nothing to live for. I just killed my wife,” CBS News reports.

 

Icelandair Hotel in Reykjavik Offers “Simply Scrumptious” Apartheid Cocktail

Icelandair Hotel in Reykjavik Offers "Simply Scrumptious" Apartheid Cocktail

Icelandair Hotel in Reykjavik Offers “Simply Scrumptious” Apartheid Cocktail

Icelandair came under fire for an “Apartheid” cocktail being offered at its Hotel Reykjavík Marina, Talking Points Memo reports.

According to TPM, the controversial cocktail was tweeted by user @AfricasaCountry showing the menu, which featured the “Aparttheid” cocktail made of vodka, stout liqueur, cream and roasted hazelnuts, to guests at Icelandair’s Hotel.

Icelandair thought the tweet was interesting and tweeted back that the “Apartheid” cocktail was “simply scrumptious.” Wow, really?

Then someone must have realized that was a really bad tweet to a drink mocking the plight of South Africans who lived their apartheid.

Pastor Edward James Dresses Horse in Wedding Dress to Protest Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Edward James Dresses Horse in Wedding Dress to Protest Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Edward James Dresses Horse in Wedding Dress to Protest Same-Sex Marriage (Photo credit: Video screengrab)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Mississippi pastor Edward James dressed a horse in a wedding dress and stood outside the federal courthouse to protest same sex marriage. Um, I didn’t realize a horse could consent to marriage in the same way as a gay or straight couple could.

WJTV  reports Pastor James, of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, thought of this ridiculous scheme all by himself in response to a federal decision to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi was handed down in November.

“The horse is to show the ridiculous idea of two men getting married,” James said. He said,“I’m a Mississippian and I’m praying and hoping that we will remain a state that only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman.”

Edward James said, “I’ve had 100-percent support so far, thumbs up, tooting on the horns, I’ve even had a couple come out and give me a hug and hug the horse.” Oh well, it’s Mississippi.

Here’s the video of Pastor Edward James with his horse:

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Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes appeared on “Trunews” on Tuesday, warning that President Obama is trying to become the next Adolf Hitler. Really?

Keyes told host Rick Wiles that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”

Keyes, who was Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, has repeatedly warned that Obama is becoming a Hitlerian dictator.

Decrying Obama’s “dictatorial actions,” Keyes accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.”

“We’re teetering, we’re more than teetering on the brink, I actually think we’re falling through the abyss, headed toward a rock bottom when our institutions will crumble the way the Twin Towers suddenly fell in that terrible day in 2001,” he said. Source: Right Wing Watch

Saratoga NY Cop Suspended After Intimidation Video Goes Viral

Saratoga NY Cop Suspended After Intimidation Video Goes Viral

Saratoga NY Cop Suspended After Intimidation Video Goes Viral (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

A Saratoga County officer was suspended without pay after a video surfaced online showing the officer hitting a civilian and threatening another during an interaction early Friday morning.

The video shows the officer violently coercing a man into waiving his Fourth Amendment rights, striking him and shouting, “You wanna f*ckin resist?” when the man refused to consent to a search.

He asked the officer, “You gonna slap me around?”

The officer responded, “Yeah. I’ll rip your f*ckin head off and sh*t down your throat.”

The Saratoga police issued a statement saying no charges have been filed against the officer for the “inappropriate interaction.”

According to the YouTube video post, the officer has been identified as “Saratoga County Sheriff Shawn R. Glans,” who demanded an “unwarranted search of Colin Fitch’s vehicle.”

Sean Kory Allegedly Attacks Victim Wearing Fox News Reporter Halloween Costume

Sean Kory Allegedly Attacks Victim Wearing Fox News Reporter Halloween Costume

Sean Kory Allegedly Attacks Victim Wearing Fox News Reporter Halloween Costume (Photo Credit: Santa Cruz PD)

Sean Kory, a Santa Cruz resident, was arrested for allegedly attacking a someone wearing a Fox News reporter Halloween costume Friday night.

Police said Sean Kory, 29, reportedly said “I hate Fox News” and then grabbed the victim’s microphone prop. He then attacked the victim with an aluminium tennis racket.

 

 

Bronx Bullies Chanting “Ebola” Attacked Senegalese Brothers at NYC School

Ousmane Drame: Bronx Bullies Chanting "Ebola" Attacked Sengalese Brothers

Ousmane Drame: Bronx Bullies Chanting “Ebola” Attacked Senegalese Brothers

SHAMEFUL: Ousmane Drame said his two sons, Pape and Amidou, was attacked by a group of bullies on the playground of Intermediate School 318 in the Bronx on Friday, who were chanting “Ebola.” Pure ignorance.

The brothers recently migrated to the U.S. from Senegal when they were viciously attacked at their Bronx school, the NY Daily News reports.

Senegal is not one of the West African countries considered as an Ebola hot zone. There has been no new cases reported in Senegal since late August. The Department of Education has launched an investigation.