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Brian Williams Messed Up 11 Times, Says 'Leaked' NBC Report

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 10:32 AM

Brian Williams embellished and lied about his reportage at least 11 times, a months-long internal investigation by NBC has revealed. Some think the report was leaked to pressure the suspended anchor to quit.

In addition to the lie that got Williams suspended in February — that his helicopter received fire in Iraq — the new report highlights the "Nightly News" anchor's tales from Hurricane Katrina, Israel's Lebanon fight, and the Arab Spring in Egypt.

In one example highlighted by The New York Times, Williams told "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart that he was in the middle of Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring in February 2011. Additional account suggest that he was reporting from a balcony overlooking the square, however.

After speaking with four current and former NBC News Group executives, Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast suggested that NBC's confidential review could have been leaked on purpose.

"[T]he anti-Williams leaks wouldn’t have occurred unless they had been authorized at the level of NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke or, even higher up on the food chain, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts," the sources told Grove.

"Yet an alternative theory promoted by corporate insiders is that leaks often occur without either strategic purpose or authorization, especially in a gossipy newsroom environment — and did so in this instance."

On Monday, the New York Daily News reported that NBC News chief Andrew Lack has stood beside Williams through it all — including the newest leaks.

"Andy believes viewers want him (Williams) back," a source told the Daily News. "The feeling is that (Williams') problem seems to be more with the media and other reporters than his viewers — if Andy can figure out a way to get him back on the air he will do it."

As for Williams himself, one source said he will not resign, and will only leave NBC if he's fired.

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