The on-camera talent of America’s highest-rated network evening news broadcast and “the 23rd-most-trusted person in the country” is now the face of viral internet memes.
For more than a decade, Brian Williams has anchored “NBC Nightly News” and was forced to take a temporary leave of absence over “the next several days” amid the growing scandal of false claims he made while reporting in Iraq.
Williams, who earns $US13 million annually (making him America’s 4th overall highest-paid news broadcaster), admitted to confusing parts of a story he shared on-air about riding in a helicopter shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003. On Wednesday, after multiple military members questioned his personal account, which he has repeated on numerous occasions, he apologised on-camera to his audience.
Since then, Williams’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other notable accounts are under internal investigation.
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