NBC News anchor Brian Williams has come under fire after apologizing for claiming — as recently as last week — to be aboard a U.S. military helicopter that had drawn enemy fire in the early days of the Iraq War in 2003.
Williams made his apology Wednesday on the network’s “Nightly News,” specifically mentioning comments on the story he made last Friday.
“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said during the broadcast. He characterized his remarks last Friday as “a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran, and by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere…I hope they know they have my greatest respect.”
Williams’ apology came in response to a story in Stars and Stripes that detailed the false claim, the latest retelling of which came during a tribute for a retired soldier at a New York Rangers hockey game.
The incident happened on March 24, 2003. According to CNN, a Chinook helicopter was forced down by enemy fire, but Williams was not aboard. Williams instead arrived in the area on another helicopter about an hour later.
While some pundits and social media commenters are openly saying Williams’ apology didn’t go far enough, and wondering whether the 55-year-old anchor should be relieved of his duties at NBC, the Internet is having fun with his fumbled apology. #BrianWilliamsMisremembers was trending on Twitter throughout Thursday morning and included some of our favorite memes poking fun at the controversy:
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