NBC anchor Brian Williams got outed Wednesday by Stars and Stripes on a lie that he has told for over a decade — that he was in a Chinook helicopter when it was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade in Iraq.
But as it turns out, lies and exaggerations to prove one’s mettle, battle-worthiness and clarity under fire are nothing new for liberals — it’s common practice.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related a “war story” to the press during her 2008 presidential primary campaign that implied her life was in peril at one instance when she was first lady.
“I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said, referring to a 1996 trip to Bosnia, according to CBS News. “There was supposed to be some sort of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
CBS News called her out on that one, and it had the footage to prove it. On the video, Clinton and daughter Chelsea could be seen receiving a leisurely greeting at the airport. When confronted with the evidence, Clinton claimed she “misspoke.”
One doesn’t misspeak about something like that. The way she’d embellished the details was a total fabrication from start to finish, and she got caught.
Watch the CBS News report via MRC TV.
Clinton’s not alone. The current secretary spent decades perpetuating what The Washington Post called “Kerry’s Cambodian Whopper.”
John Kerry first made his “Cambodian whopper” in a letter to the Boston Herald in 1979, but his most dramatic rendition came in the form of testimony he offered to the U.S. Senate in 1986.
“I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia,” he testified. “I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.”
The trouble is, just like Williams and Clinton, it never happened. Kerry never entered Cambodia. The Post reported:
Kerry’s spokesmen now say his memory was faulty. When the Swift boat veterans who oppose Kerry presented statements from his commanders and members of his unit denying that his boat entered Cambodia, none of Kerry’s shipmates came forward, as they had on other issues, to corroborate his account
“His memory was faulty”? Unless suffering from dementia (which I won’t rule out), being in Cambodia is too major of an event to disremember.
Just like being shot down out of the sky by an RPG or being subjected to sniper fire, there can be but one explanation — it’s a bald-faced lie.
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