Watch: Brian Williams Tell Iraq Story to Letterman in 2013

Brian Williams, who acknowledged Wednesday that he falsely claimed to have been on a helicopter that was shot down by enemy fire while on an NBC News reporting trip in Iraq in 2003, has apparently been telling the story for years.

In a 2013 clip from the “Late Show from David Letterman,” Williams recounted the fabricated story to the CBS host, in which he claims to have been in the aircraft that came under attack.

“We were in the invasion,” he said, noting it was the 10th anniversary of the incident.

“Two of our four helicopters were hit including the one I was in, RPG and AK-47.”

(Watch the above video at the 2:40 mark)

But on Wednesday, the NBC News anchor admitted that he was on a different helicopter that was never, in fact, under fire and that he had “bungled” the true events.

“I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another,” he said in an interview published Wednesday.

According to military outlet Stars & Stripes, Williams has told the false story several times since making the 2003 trip, including once last month.

In 2004, Williams took over as NBC News anchor after veteran journalist Tom Brokaw retired.

“As a war correspondent, I am not terribly good at it,” he said to Letterman in the 2013 video. “I do not do it full-time, I am New York based.”

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  1. Williams was awarded the Comcast NBC Medal Of False Valour, for telling lies above and beyond the call of duty.

  2. Typical lying fuc*ing Democrat.

  3. Master Blaster says:

    Lookie there. A liar telling a lie to another liar.

    • Ken says:

      David Letterman is one of the few late night hosts (if not the only one) who regularly had REAL Iraq/Afghanistan war vets/heroes on his show, incisively asking them questions, allowing these men and women to tell their harrowing stories. He has always displayed utmost respect. Mr. Letterman is a patriot.

  4. Remember, In the mind of Brian Williams this is a liberal world, we just have to live in it.

  5. mstarvin says:

    I feel that his lie followed by a half-assed apology wrapped in yet another lie will seriously damage NBC’s credibility. The truth is though that most of the dopes who watch and believe the tales spun on NBC will not see his lying as a problem.

  6. Seven says:

    This is how progressive liberal elites think. If I think it, or Ithink it should be this way, then this is how it will be. How else can a rational person believe Mr. Williams would not be called out on this lie. Hillary did the same about Bosnia, remember?

  7. GozieBoy says:

    Williams was over-the-top effusive in his praise of the combat troops around him that day as a way of procuring their support and silence of the real truth. He also knows that the great majority of Americans feel enormous support for our troops and that making such rah-rah statements would warm their hearts and win him even further kudos from the viewers.

  8. Rocco says:

    Lyin’ Lib.

  9. Bill Avoider says:

    It’s NBC. What else would you expect.

  10. kumbayah says:

    The only thing Blowhard Williams is embarrassed about is now everyone knows what a slimeball he is. Anybody he can lie that well should be in politics. Bet that will be his next gig!

  11. iambicpentamaster says:

    He may have lied about everything else, but his daughter is Peter Pan.

  12. RoccoRolo says:

    If you like your phony war story you get to keep your phony war story … period.

  13. Icarus says:

    Stolen valor is no joke. Good men die, bad men lie.

  14. Dave Johnson says:

    I think Obama should give both Williams and Hillary Medals of Honor for their extreme valor under fire. As liberals who no doubt have never handled or certainly fired a gun, this makes their heroism especially impressive, almost taking a bullet in order to make sure Americans get the slanted liberal view of the war. Semper Fi.

  15. Sam says:

    “10 years ago tonight” “2 of the 4 choppers, including the one I was on, took fire RPG and AK47.”

    but he’s sorry he CONFLATED the different choppers…even though he so vividly remembers what happened, he mistakenly said again and again that he was on one of the ‘hit’ choppers

  16. Sara says:

    Give the guy a break. I had a similar experience. I was terrified that I was going to die last night when I was not attacked at the ATM machine.

  17. Mike Wilson says:

    Come on all you hard hearted folks out there. Give the guy a break.
    Besides what do you expect from the poor guy … he only makes $10,000,000 per year to read script.
    That’s only about $40,000 per night. He’s got bills to pay.

  18. MIKE says:

    Pity the man cannot bring himself to tell the truth even in an apology! Resign!

  19. Echo says:

    You Wrote: “”But on Wednesday, the NBC News anchor admitted that he was on a different plane that was never, in fact, under fire and that he had “bungled” the true events.””

    Really? Brian Williams was on a plane was he?? NEWSFLASH,, it wasn’t a plane.. it was a helicopter!! HUGE difference..

    You just lied yourself…. … or embellished..or experienced a memory lapse or you got confused due to your lack of military knowledge.. who knows… but no matter what,, you really shouldn’t be calling someone else out when you obviously make mistakes yourself.. people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones… it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Fred says:

      Yes, he used “plane” instead of “helicopter”. But wile both of those fly Brian Williams story doesn’t. Resign liar.

  20. WhatsLeft says:

    Boy, for someone who “misremembered” he has a really, REALLY vivid memory. NBC should fire him immediately. If he was willing to lie about that for over a decade, what else has he been lying about? Why should we believe a word that comes out of his “journalist” mouth in the future?

  21. Lee Berringer says:

    That damn conflation, it’ll get you every gosh darn time!!

  22. Matt says:

    Lyin WillIams did not as he claims “misremember” he straight up lied his azz off.

  23. RoccoRolo says:

    Someone needs to tell Lyin’ Williams that “conflate” doesn’t mean total balls-to-the-wall fabrication for purposes of egotism and media ratings.

    This guy clearly lied through his teeth with emphasis, and his “apology” is mendacious as well. “Conflate” he says. This is what passes for a “journalist” these days in the mainstream media.

  24. Curly Bill says:

    Let’s see if Davy has a Top Ten list on this one.

  25. Willie says:

    Liberal left wing trailer trash.

  26. whirlwinder says:

    This guy is worse than the “corporals” who go to Wal Mart for freebies given to the military having never served in the military.

  27. Kara says:

    What a liar.

  28. Smarg says:


  29. max says:

    Not planes, helicopters.

  30. What a Sad joke to our Soldier. Insult of the maximum hypocrisy. Liberals minds are total mulch.

  31. D says:

    BOYCOTT NBC NEWS with Brian Williams !!!

  32. Bill Williams says:

    Meh. He lies about as much as any other democRat, and as expected for NBS.
    I’m sure Odumbass is proud of his fake service.

  33. soul leister says:

    What, no apologies from Williams for lying nightly about weapons of mass destruction (oh he can say he was just repeating what he heard… but then he has to give Bush that same pass as he was repeating what the intelligence communities around the world to include the former president Clinton and Gore both having said there were weapons of mass destruction too… but they get a free pass?).

  34. Team USA says:

    Williams’ silky smooth articulation of such brazen lies—precise, definitive, succinct—clearly indicts his mental capacity for trust on any level. He is a liberal media cancer, metastasized and epitomizes life in the era of the obama regime.

  35. soul leister says:

    CBS’s Les Moonves could not be prouder of Letterman… who is easily (willingly) duped by a lying weasel from NBC (its good to know the pecking order of liberal douchebags).

  36. I used to enjoy telling friends about the postseason game in which I scored my first NFL touchdown. Truly exhilarating!

    Many months after I first mentioned that story, my brother reminded me that we watched that particular game on tv, and that I’d never been in the NFL.

    You just have to love that big-screen and surround sound experience….it was an easy mistake to make…could happen to anyone.

    • Team USA says:

      Nicely done, sir. You had me there for a minute because, to recall myself, I was the coach who sent that play into the huddle from up in the stands. But obviously, it turns out it must’ve have been for another player.

  37. capoprimo says:

    Oh how they crave the honor that involvement in a war brings, but none want to don the uniform and expose themselves to the dangers of it.

  38. williampenn says:

    It seems to be a far-left proclivity:

    “I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said in Washington on Monday. “There was supposed to be some kind 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.”
    –Hillary Clinton, March 24, 2008
    Hillary Clinton has conceded that she “did misspeak” about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire, blaming tiredness for a dramatic description that was shown to have been significantly exaggerated.
    –The Telegraph, March 25, 2008

    John Kerry’s lies about Vietnam were so numerous, they were chronicled in a 2004 book, “Unfit for Command.”

    • soul leister says:

      What, letterman took time out of his busy schedule to recognize someone’s stolen valor from writing and telling minor rape jokes about republican daughters… any change is good at CBS???

  39. Tommy says:

    “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.” Or think that it was my helicopter that was shot down. Or think I was a war hero. Or think I wasn’t a liberal douchebag. Or think I’m not a self-promoting A-hole.

  40. Dancquill says:

    Hillary Clinton told almost the same exact lie and she became even more popular among Democrats. So liberal supportive news readers have different standards than liberal politicians? Finally we get to discuss the standards and measures of liberalism.

  41. Chili Boots says:

    (He’s an arrogant, smug, resentful collaborator whose money and contacts will not save him.)

  42. S Pelfrey says:

    Try to imagine what it would be like if Rush were ever caught in something like this….Williams “misremembered” whereas Rush would have lied…

  43. libnomore says:

    This should remind a lot of us of the time Hillary Clinton claimed to have been shot at while exiting a
    helicopter in the Mid-East. Never happened.

    She also lied when she said she had been named after Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest. The problem is, she was born years before Sir Edmund climbed Everest.

    Then there is BILL Clinton’s lie when he claimed to recall the large number of arson fires in Arkansas black churches when he was a kid.
    Researchers discovered there had been NO arson fires in Arkansas black churches when Slick Willie was a kid in Little Rock.

    And we must not forget Obama’s lie when he claimed his parents got together following the Selma, Alabama Civil Rights March.
    Just like Hillary, he was born years before the Selma march.

    There are lies, damn lies, and Democrat lies.

    • Will says:

      It’s true, Democrats lied about superficial personal history. Republicans, on the other hand, bankrupted the country from unwinnable wars that cost us trillions based on lies. Which is worse?

      • adfafdfsgrsg says:

        @ Ramses II: politics change with time. Most historian now think that if JFK were prez today he would be a republican, and LBJ and HT were also extremely hawkish, probably more so than GW Bush. At least they had the communist menace to deal with, while our war in Iraq was totally unwarranted

      • Ramses II says:

        Truman was a Democrat–Korea
        JFK was a Democrat——-Viet Nam
        LBJ was a Democrat——-Viet Nam

        You seem to have conflated your misremembering.

      • Jamman says:

        Who is Jon Gruber?

      • Bill Williams says:

        Lame and a failure on your part.

  44. John Duresky says:

    I wonder if any other nightly news anchors will have the courage to investigate Conflategate, or will they circle the wagons around one of their own? Gosh, I wonder which it will be?

    • dp says:


  45. freedubay says:

    wow!, what a d-bag.

  46. Jeb Hart says:

    Stars and Stripes reports that the helicopter Brian Williams was in actually landed 30 to 60 minutes AFTER the one that had been attacked. So he was no where near the attack at all!

  47. YouGotToBeKiddingMe says:

    This isn’t one lie it is a collection of lies it is a virtual avalanche of lies coming from him.

  48. Ex-Army says:

    The disgusting thing isn’t that he perpetuated this lie from time to time for 12 years, it’s the malice and forethought that went into creating the lie in the first place.

    When this cat saw the chopper that was hit, as he envisioned his ticker tape parade in his head, he would have HAD to rationalize to himself “Hey, these people aren’t ever going to catch wind of this. Most of them might even be dead or too messed up to pay attention.”

    What an amazing lowlife.

  49. MJW says:

    Funny, they played him on to Milli-Vanili, two other well known frauds.

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