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  • Brian Williams on Lies: ‘Maybe I had a Brain Tumor’

    'Did something happen to my head?'

    Fact-challenged Brian Williams could not bring himself to admit he lied about coming under fire on a chopper in Iraq, so he instead wondered aloud if he had a brain tumor, according to a new Vanity Fair report.

    Several NBC News insiders told Vanity Fair that after Williams was caught lying about being in a helicopter over Iraq that took enemy fire he had trouble explaining what happened and why he lied.

    “Did something happen to [my] head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head?” he reportedly said.

    “We could not force his mouth to form the words ‘I lied,’ “one insider told the magazine in its upcoming issue.

    “He was having a tough enough time coming to grips with the idea that he had gotten it wrong in the first place, slash misrepresented it, slash lied,” the insider continued. “He wasn’t anywhere in the ballpark of being helpful about what had happened 12 years ago.”

    The insiders said Williams’ embellished accounts of seeing bodies floating in post-hurricane New Orleans were his way of trying to prove himself as a skilled journalist. Williams was described as very insecure because he had never been a foreign or war correspondent.

    “He didn’t want to leave New York,” a onetime NBC exec told the magazine. “Getting him to war zones was real tough. . . but when he did go, he came back with these great stories that kind of put himself at the center of things.”

    How will Williams, who was suspended without pay for six months without pay, go back to the NBC Nightly News anchor chair after Vanity Fair quotes him as wondering whether or not you had a brain tumor?


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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