In the recent ‘mis-remembered’ accounts of Brian Williams who is under fire and currently under a 6 month suspension from NBC, Charlie Sheen takes to the internet to defend Brian Williams.
Charlie Sheen spoke about the controversy, calling the news anchor a “victim of a transparent and vile witch hunt” and blasting the “cowards” at NBC for benching him in a new letter posted to Twitter.
Read the full letter below
Helicopter and RPG Story
On February 4, 2015 Williams recanted a story he told on the Nightly News January 30 broadcast, about being aboard a military Chinook helicopter during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), and forced to land.Soon after it aired, Williams’ story was criticized by Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer who was on board one of the three helicopters that had been attacked. Reynolds and other crew members said they were forced to make an emergency landing, and that Williams’ Chinook arrived a half hour to an hour later.
In his 2003 reporting of the incident, Williams had said a helicopter in front of his was hit by the RPG and forced down. Notably, in a 2007 retelling of the incident, Williams said, “… I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us, and it hit the chopper in front of us.”The Washington Post reported that Williams’ craft was at least a half hour behind the helicopter hit by the RPG, according to its crewmembers, so he could not have looked down the RPG tube.
In a 2013 interview, Williams also recounted the incident, stating that his helicopter was “hit and crippled by enemy fire.”
On February 4, Williams apologized and said he had “made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago.” NBC News President Deborah Turness announced on February 6 that there would be an internal probe into Williams’ Iraq reporting. The next day Williams announced he would temporarily step aside from anchoring the Nightly News broadcast. On February 10, 2015, Turness announced Williams’ suspension from Nightly News for six months without pay and his name was removed from the Nightly News title. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke joined the statement, calling Williams’ actions “inexcusable” and the suspension “severe and appropriate.”
SEAL Team Six
CNN reported that Williams said he flew into Baghdad with SEAL Team Six and about “war memorabilia the anchor claims to have received as gifts, including a Navy SEAL’s knife and a piece of the helicopter from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.” Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw told CNN that “We do not embed journalists with any elements of that unit … bottom line — no.”Another Seal officer told CNN that Williams’ claim of receiving memorabilia from the Seals, “. . . doesn’t pass any sniff test.”
Hurricane Katrina reporting questioned
Williams’ comments made in a 2006 interview concerning Hurricane Katrina have received critical scrutiny. According to a CNN news report, Williams referred inconsistently to a suicide that took place inside the New Orleans Superdome at the time of Katrina. It reported that in a 2005 television documentary Williams indicated he was not a witness to the suicide, stating, “We heard the story of a man killing himself, falling from the upper deck.” In a 2014 interview Williams said, “We watched, all of us watched, as one man committed suicide.”
Williams stayed at the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street. In a 2006 interview he said that he looked out from his 8th floor hotel window and saw a dead body floating past the hotel. The hotel general manager at the time, Myra DeGersdorff, said in 2015 that neither she nor her staff had seen dead bodies floating past the Ritz.
Williams also said in 2014 that the Ritz had been “overrun with gangs.” Dr. Joseph Pulvirenti, one of the physicians staffing a makeshift medical clinic inside the Ritz, wrote in a 2005 eyewitness account that looters had broken into the hotel “on a number of occasions. Some of them were let in by friends or relatives of the hotel employees. These people and the employees were led out of the hotel by shotgun.” DeGersdorff said in 2015 that at any given time there were five or six police officers patrolling the hotel. She said that “on more than one occasion,” looters had tried to get inside the hotel. At one point, “maybe one or two” looters did “breach a door” but were “immediately” chased out.
While speaking at a forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2008, Brian Williams said that he was “at the Brandenburg Gate the night the wall came down.” While Williams did cover the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, reports show that he did not arrive until the day after the wall fell.
Dear Mr. Williams,
Sorry to bother you during this most surreal, unjust and mercurial moment in your awesome life.
First off, THANK YOU, for 24 years of inimitable professionalism and top shelf brilliance, as a stone cold passion driven and (PERFECTLY) fact based journalist.
Secondly, Thank you “squared” for delivering not only the news on a nightly basis, (PERFECTLY) to myself and my family.
But for every other person alive, (with a TV) who relied and still do,on your poetic, insightfuland NOBLE sacrifices,that made our longest nights shorter,and our shortest nights safer.
You good sir, are a hero in my “Entire Library”
Lastly; you are clearly the victim of a transparent and vile witch hunt! Erroneously “staged” by hooligans, non coms, cowards and oligarchs, who’s only desperate and hideous goal is to discredit the genius that they relied on for almost 3 decades!
Now and forever you are a true Patriot and a Hero of mine until the day i leave this star crossed imperfect Rock we call Earth…
Mr W: respect love hi 5’s and refuge! (if you need it!) I remain humbly and on dangerous standby at your service….