Now that NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ claim that a helicopter he and his crew were were riding in was hit by a rocket propelled grenade has been refuted, other Williams’ tales of courage and heroism are now being called into question.
Here’s an example:
While Williams was covering Hurricane Katrina, he claimed to have become “very sick with dysentery” from accidentally ingesting floodwater, and told viewers that he witnessed dead bodies floating past his New Orleans French Quarter hotel room.
Not true, says the New Orleans Advocate. The French Quarter was never subject to flooding, and a local health expert couldn’t recall anyone complaining of the stomach ailment during and after the time Katrina struck.
He made his dysentery claim at the four-minute mark in this interview last year withTom Brokaw, who Williams replaced on the NBC anchor desk.
The Advocate contacted a local health official who disputed that claim.
“I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” Dr. Brobson Lutz told The Advocate.
“I don’t know anybody that’s tried that [drinking flood water] to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”
Williams made the “bodies floating past his hotel room” claim in an earlier interview.
“When you look out of your hotel window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down, when you see bodies that you last saw in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and swore to yourself that you would never see in your country,” Williams said in this 2006 clip. He begins that claim at about the 35-sewcond mark.
However, Katrina’s floodwaters never reached the French Quarter, New Orleans’ original high ground, The Advocate reported.
Former anchor Brokaw is now calling for Williams’ resignation.
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