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Bill Kristol: NBC Must Show Brian Williams the Door

By    |   Thursday, 05 February 2015 05:29 PM

Brian Williams should face the ax from NBC Nightly News following his shock apology for falsely claiming his chopper was downed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, says Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.

"It's pretty bad, it's pretty bad. I'd be inclined to think [he should go]," Kristol said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"What credibility does he have? He makes up a story about an event he was in and appropriates it in a way of the courage of soldiers and [makes it seem] like he was in the middle of it."

On Wednesday's "Nightly News," Williams said he was sorry for making "a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. I want to apologize."

Earlier, Williams told Stars and Stripes: "I would not have chosen to make this mistake. I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another."

Crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that Williams was nowhere near that aircraft — or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that came under fire.

Instead, the newspaper reports, Williams arrived about an hour after the incident on another helicopter that took no fire.

Williams' mea culpa has now prompted a review of his coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Kristol also commented on President Barack Obama's comparison of the Islamic State's (ISIS) brutal executions to the atrocities carried out nearly a thousand years ago during the Crusades in the name of Christ.

"As a Jew, let me say, I'm happy that there's finally someone condemning the inquisition and the Crusades or at least aspects of the Crusades, but I don't know if that's very controversial," Kristol said.

"Christians have spent a lot of time apologizing for that, changing their ways and that's, of course, the difference.

"As long as President Obama thinks to condemn as flat out an act of brutality done in the name of Islam, you have to qualify or prepare or explain that we're not on a high horse. Can't we be off of a high horse when we're dealing with ISIS for God's sake?"

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Brian Williams should face the ax from NBC Nightly News following his shock apology for falsely claiming his chopper was downed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, says Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.
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