NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him.
As noted in yesterday's snapshot, Ava and I plan to cover it Sunday at The Third Estate Sunday Review. So we're not really interested, for this entry, in Brian Williams and I wouldn't be weighing in at all were it not for fat f**k Ford Vox.
Excuse me, "Dr." Ford Vox.
The pompous ass has a column at CNN. And he just reminds me that a 72-year-old friend is still fuming over a doctor's visit in December -- in which he didn't see the doctor but was told by a PA weighing over 250 pounds that my friend needed to do something about his "gut."
In the five minutes, the PA spent with the patient (my friend), he never made eye contact, started at the chart and was in and out. And, no, my friend doesn't have a "gut" problem due to weight (it's this issue -- which the PA would have known if he'd bothered to ask even a single question).
You know who does have a gut issue?
Ford Vox is fat.
And it's an issue when he's insisting "Doctors like myself . . ." to justify his opinion -- his stupid and uninformed decision.
Doctors like yourself? Fat asses who know they need to lose weight so probably shouldn't be treating anyone when they refuse to embrace the health guidelines they preach?
Or do you mean doctors like yourself who rush in and express an opinion based on stupidity and the pompous notion that you're stupid little degree informed you on all things and you don't need to research even basic facts before weighing in?
Ford wants you to "cut" Brian some slack for this lie and insists it's like someone losing their car keys.
When you lose your car keys does NBC News order you to stop doing so?
As Brian Steinberg explained at Variety yesterday morning:
I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said in the interview with the military newspaper. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.” He also posted an apology on his Facebook page and offered similar sentiments during Wednesday night’s broadcast of “Nightly News.” The Iraqi incident took place before Williams took over the “Nightly News” anchor desk from Tom Brokaw in 2004.
What makes Williams’ admission worse, according to one person familiar with the situation, is that he had been counseled in the past by senior NBC News executives to stop telling the story in public. The advice, this person said, was not heeded. One person familiar with current NBC News operations disputed that information.
Williams’ version of the story has never been allowed in NBC News programs, according to three people familiar with the unit. Indeed, in a March 2003 episode of “Dateline,” Williams described the helicopter trip accurately. “On the ground, we learned the Chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky,” he said while narrating a report.
That demolishes stupid idiot Ford Vox's ridiculous claims.
Maybe next time, instead of 'treating' a 'patient' he's never seen via a column, he can just close his mouth and sit there in silence?
That CNN continues to publish crap like this is also part of the problem.
That's not to say CNN couldn't publish a piece by someone -- hopefully a real journalist -- offering a we-all-make-mistakes view.
But that is to say when some pompous ass shows up to weigh in and doesn't know the facts -- clearly gets the facts wrong -- you don't publish their idiotic opinion.
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