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NBC's Brian Williams Couldn't Say 'I Lied, Blamed Brain: Report

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 07:38 PM

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams couldn’t admit that he lied about being in a helicopter that was shot at in Iraq and suggested maybe a brain tumor would explain his lapse, according to a new report.

"He couldn’t say the words 'I lied,'" an unnamed NBC insider told Vanity Fair. "We could not force his mouth to form the words 'I lied.' He couldn’t explain what had happened. [He said,] ‘Did something happen to [my] head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head?’ He just didn’t know. We just didn’t know. We had no clear sense what had happened. We got the best [apology] we could get.”

The comment was part of a Vanity Fair article detailing the turmoil within the network. Williams was supposed to talk to a reporter for Stars and Stripes — which broke Williams' story — off the record to find out what they were planning to write, but ended up admitting on the record that the story was false, launching a public relations crisis for the network as it rushed to prepare an apology, Vanity Fair said.

The magazine also relayed other struggles within NBCUniversal since Comcast bought NBC in 2011, including the departures of Ann Curry from “Today” and David Gregory from “Meet the Press.”

NBC is taking a hit in ratings, with “NBC Nightly News” falling behind ABC’s “World News Tonight” for the first time in five and a half years, The New York Times reported.

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