SCRANTON -- It`s the apology making national headlines.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is admitting his claims that he was on a military helicopter that was grounded after being hit by enemy fire during the Iraq invasion in 2003 were false.
“I want to apologize, I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire, I was instead in a following aircraft,” Williams told his audience during the Wednesday evening broadcast of his show.
For students taking the Advanced Television Production class at the University of Scranton, they are shocked that such a major anchor at a major network would fabricate such a story.
“It`s interesting, because being in broadcast whether you`re behind the scene or on camera you held to a certain standard because people learn to trust you and learn to respect what you say,” said junior Erin Conley. “And he`s not some small person. He`s Brian Williams, he`s known to a lot people.”
Williams` mea culpa comes after soldiers who actually were on the helicopter that was hit came forward, saying Williams arrived in the area where they went down an hour later on another chopper.
Williams has been telling this erroneous story for years, even as recently as last week.
He is blaming this mishap on poor memory.
“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams continued to say on Nightly News.
“This could be a career killer basically,” said sophomore Dave Miller. “I mean I don`t think he`ll be fired over this situation, it could ruin he reputation because it took 12 years to bring the story out, the truth finally came out it`s just incredible.”
“He did not report the truth accurately and that was a mistake, whether it was intentional or not,” said junior Emma Black. “I also think that a bigger more obvious mistake was that he took 12 year to come out with the truth.”