Over the years, the tale grew like Pinocchio’s nose, including details like: “The captain took a Purple Heart injury to his ear.”
Yet the crew of the Chinook that was struck by rocket and small-arms fire in that incident now says Williams was nowhere near their craft, and in fact landed in another helicopter an hour later.
Wednesday, he was forced to apologize: “We never came under direct enemy fire,” he admitted, claiming something caused him “to conflate one aircraft with another.”
He must take his viewers for idiots. No one “conflates” — repeatedly — being in a helicopter forced down by an RPG with being in a helicopter that landed without incident. Either he was hit or he wasn’t.
For too many of our elites, military medals and service ribbons are bits of tin and dressing. But for the men and women who have earned them, they represent a way of life built on duty, honor and service.
If Brian Williams’ “apology” raises as many doubts as what he was apologizing for, how can anyone trust the news he delivers?