Making stuff up always catches you out eventually

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Brian Williams is already suspended without pay for 6 months after being busted telling lies about his past.

But now his entire life and public comments are being unpacked…and it is being discovered that he is a real life Walter Mitty, who has spent his entire career fabricating his attendance at more events than even Kris Faafoi.

Now he is busted?making up watching the Berlin Wall come down.

Yet another dubious firsthand claim by Brian Williams has come to light, this one involving one of the most significant moments in the 20th century: the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

During a forum discussion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2008, Williams was asked by an audience?member to tell about his biggest ?wow? journalistic moment.

?What was my wow ? I?ve been so fortunate,? he said. ?I was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the wall came down.?

The only problem, as CBS Los Angeles notes, is that Williams was assuredly not there the ?night the wall came down.? The only American anchorman there to report the historic moment live was Tom Brokaw. Williams arrived the next day.

And making up flying into Baghdad with Seal Team Six and getting presents from them that couldn’t possibly exist.

This one might turn out to be the death blow for suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams. Add his repeated SEAL Team 6/Bin Laden raid claims to the ?dossier of lies? NBC must regrettably dig into to determine just how deep the ?credibility? issues go.

Williams has claimed since 2011?to David Letterman, among others?that he embedded with SEAL Team 6 multiple times and had developed such a close relationship that one of them gave him a piece of the downed chopper from the famous Osama Bin Laden raid.

“We have some idea which of our special operations teams carried this out,” Williamssaid to Letterman May 2, 2011, the day after the raid. “It happens to be a team I flew into Baghdad with, on the condition that I would never speak of what I saw on the aircraft, what aircraft we were on, what we were carrying, or who we were after.”

The next night, Williams repeated the claim. “Now, people might be hearing about SEAL Team 6,” he said on the Nightly News. “I happen to have the great honor of flying into Baghdad with them at the start of the war.”

As Ed Morrissey notes, this story is problematic for a number of reasons:

First, the Navy has made clear that it does not embed reporters on special-ops missions.

?We do not embed journalists with any elements of that unit ? bottom line?no,? a Special Operations Command official said according to a report by CNN?s Peter Bergen.

Another problem is the timing: according to ?the Huffington Post, Williams did not arrive in Baghdad until three weeks after the war began, yet he repeatedly claimed he flew in with them ?at the start of the war.?

Then there?s the memento story, which another SEAL officer told CNN doesn?t ?pass any sniff test.?

?About six weeks after the Bin Laden raid, I got a white envelope and in it was a thank-you note, unsigned,? Williams told Letterman in January 2013. ?And in it was a piece of the fuselage of the blown-up Black Hawk in that courtyard. Sent to me by one of my friends.?

Citing SEAL?Brandon Webb, Morrissey explains?that this is ?not just unlikely, it?s almost certainly untrue as told?:

The SEAL team had to leave that helicopter behind after destroying it, and loaded up on the only remaining chopper left in the mission to get out. They would have been unlikely to have spent any time picking apart the downed chopper for souvenirs. Besides, the helicopter was destroyed?after?SEAL Team 6 had evacuated, which HuffPo confirmed with Special Ops command. The US only got back parts of the aircraft?months?later from Pakistan?s government, which was embarrassed and outraged by the operation when it became known.

?My initial reaction is it sounds completely preposterous,”?said?Webb. “There?s a healthy dislike towards embedded journalists within the SEAL community.?I can?t even remember an embed with a SEAL unit. And especially at SEAL Team Six? Those guys don?t take journalists with them on missions.?

What a serial bullshitter.

I’d say he’s done, the 6 month suspension will turn into permanent retirement.

 

– Truth Revolt

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