Brian Williams Said Bush Admin LIED About Katrina, Based On His Disputed Reporting

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Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams accused the Bush administration of lying about its Hurricane Katrina response based on Williams’ first-person Katrina reporting, which is now being questioned for apparent factual inaccuracy.

Williams is under fire for his false claim, made in a “Nightly News” broadcast and elsewhere, that he flew in a helicopter in Iraq that was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. (RELATED: Did Brian Williams Fabricate A Hurricane Katrina Story As Well?)

Ironically, Williams accused the Bush administration of lying in a 2010 “Market Watch” interview.

“I wish every American could see it because you forget and memories fuzz up and people right now are anxious to repair legacies from back then. We shouldn’t,” Williams said. “We shouldn’t, because we were failed by a lot of people. And I think we were lied to regarding that response.”

“I was there on the ground with everyone who was suffering, and I was part of that audience being told, ‘Assets are on the way. Assets are in play. We have a plan.’ Well, they didn’t. And people suffered and people died.”


The New Orleans Advocate cast doubt Friday on Williams’ Katrina claims.

“When you look out of your hotel window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down, when you see bodies that you last saw in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and swore to yourself that you would never see in your country,” Williams said in 2006.

But the French Quarter was not affected by Katrina’s floodwaters.

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