Long-time US news anchor, Brian Williams, has “temporarily” stepped down amid questions over several false claims made by him going back as far as 2005.
Williams is consider the most-watched network anchor in the US, and while admitting it has become “painfully apparent” he was too much a part of the news he was reporting, he has blamed the “fog of memory” for his claims.
The false claims date back as far as 2005 when he made gripping accounts of seeing a dead body float by his hotel during Hurricane Katrina, which have since led to credibility questions.
The most recent credibility questions come amid a repeatedly told story that he came under fire while in a helicopter in Iraq, a story disputed by veterans who were on the helicopter.
Iraq flight engineer Lance Reynolds, wrote: “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.”
Williams made an on air apology over the Iraq story saying, “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft.”
In regard to his “temporary” step-down he said, “Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”