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The Bobster
12-09-2016, 11:33 AM

Fact-challenged Brian Williams whines about fake news
By Daniel Halper
December 9, 2016 | 11:23am

Brian Williams
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The man suspended from his TV anchor job for faking his own news is furious about the spread of “fake news.”

Brian Williams, who was forced to take a six-month vacation before being permanently relieved of his “Nightly News” duties on NBC, railed about the new epidemic of “fake news” in his MSNBC show earlier this week.

“Fake news played a role in this election and continues to find a wide audience,” Williams whined Tuesday night in his middle-of-the-night show.

Specifically, Williams singled out President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his son for spreading falsehoods. :rolleyes:

“Flynn’s son was fired by the Trump transition team today for passing on fake news stories via Twitter,” Williams said. “But his dad, the retired Army three-star general, has passed on some gems himself.”

“Here are a few: [Hillary] Clinton is involved with child sex-trafficking and has secretly waged war on the Catholic Church, as well as charges that the president is a jihadi who laundered money for Muslim terrorists,” Williams added.

Williams is no stranger to fake news. He was punished in February 2015 for lying about a helicopter ride in Iraq that he claimed came under heavy enemy fire.

In 2003, Williams and an NBC team were reporting in Iraq when three Chinook helicopters came under fire.

Williams claimed he was on one of the copters that were hit, when he was actually aboard a different helicopter located about an hour behind the other three.

“I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another,” Williams told Stars and Stripes after crew members from the helicopters that were hit that day came forward.

Questions also were raised about Williams’ coverage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.

Williams claimed he could see bodies in floodwaters from his hotel room in the French Quarter. :rolleyes:

But the New Orleans Advocate reported that the French Quarter was largely spared in the catastrophe and saw little flooding.

A rep for NBC did not immediately respond.