Blog site SooperMexican.com says Brian Williams also claimed that aside from seeing a dead body float by and contracting dysentery during Katrina he was attacked by gangs and rescued by a cop.
In an interview, Williams says this:
‘My week, two weeks there, was not helped by the fact that I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery, our hotel was overrun with gangs, I was rescued from the stairwell of a five star hotel in New Orleans by a young police officer we are friends to this day.’
But in the Dateline special where he recounts his experiences 5 years later, there’s no mention of the story. He says that the police were in the Sheraton in New Orleans, and that his camera crew were allowed to film outside. But that’s it, he doesn’t even mention being in any other hotel. How could a hotel used as a staging area for policemen be “overrun with gangs”?
This is definitely not conclusive evidence that he lied about the attack, but it had many elements that are the same as his Iraq RPG story, which should cast doubt on any other story he speaks to that isn’t corroborated by someone else.
The New York Post adds this:
He said armed gangs constantly threatened him and his terrified crew while they were covering Hurricane Katrina.
He and his crew even needed gun-toting feds to get out alive, Williams said on NBC’s “Dateline” in 2010.
“I’ve been around a lot of guns and a lot of dead bodies and a lot of people shooting at people to make dead bodies,’’ Williams said at the time.
“But you put them all together, and you put it in the United States of America — and boy, it gets your attention.”
Unfortunately for Williams, authorities had said five years earlier that stories about armed gangs running amok were not true.
Williams had already previously switched his story about the supposed suicide of an evacuee at the city’s Superdome.
He told NBC’s Tom Brokaw that “we watched, all of us watched, as one man committed suicide.”
But he later admitted it was only a story he had heard about and not seen himself.
But, as they say, there’s more!
Williams also said, according to the New York Post, that he left a dying friend to cover the death of Princess Diana.
“’I lost a very good friend to Agent Orange-related cancer,’” he told Alec Baldwin in a March 2013 interview on the 30 Rock actor’s Here’s the Thing show on WNYC radio. ‘I was in the hospital room with him. It was a Saturday night, I had just done Nightly News. My pager went off: Diana, car accident, Paris. I called the office, and they said, You better get in here. I had no idea that I’d be announcing to what was then, I mean, they plugged us into cable all over Europe. I have people wherever I go to this day who say, I was with you the night Diana died,’ the anchor said.”
He also says, according to the NY Post, that he saved not one, but two puppies from a fire. Williams said he was a teenage volunteer firefighter with the Old Village Fire Company in Middletown, NJ. He said in October 2011, “I remember one such house fire . . . conducting a search on my hands and knees, when I felt something warm, squishy and furry on the floor of a closet. I instinctively tucked it in my coat. When I got outside, I saw two small eyes staring up at me, and I returned the 3-week-old and very scared puppy to its grateful owners.”
Six years earlier he told a different tale. This time it was two puppies. “All I ever did as a volunteer fireman was once save two puppies,” he said.
Usually a three week old puppy is still at the breeder’s with his mother and not with an owner. Or, if a mix, still with his mother at the house. He or she would have stayed by the mother and the mother with the pup, but Williams brushes over that.
Looks like “Lyin’ Brian” as the New York Post has dubbed him, has moved from “misremembering” events to scary pathological liar.
NBC may want to do something about a man who gets millions a year for supposed reporting that is only an exercise in self glorifying whoppers.