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NBC Has Suspended Brian Williams for Six Months

NBC is taking Brian Williams’ “misremembered” story about being shot down while covering the Iraq war seriously. In a statement released yesterday, they announced that they were suspending the TV anchor and NBC Nightly News Managing Editor for six months, without pay.

Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.

The longtime news personality came under criticism after repeating—and continuingly evolving—a story about having his helicopter shot down while covering the Iraq war in 2003. His account has been disputed by several members of the military who were present during the incident, in which another helicopter (one some distance away from the one Williams was on), was shot by an RPG. Williams recently issued an on-air apology for repeating his story after an interview about the incident ran in the military publication Stars & Stripes

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