Twitter is making sure NBC news anchor Brian Williams never misremembers an incident again after the presenter admitted he was wrong over part of a story he told about being in a helicopter that was struck by enemy fire in Iraq.
The NBC Nightly News host found himself in hot water when his claim that a helicopter he was travelling in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003 was disputed by several of the soldiers whom Mr Williams was accompanying.
They came forward to say it was other choppers in a formation that had been struck and Williams admitted “he made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago” on his Nightly News show last week.
He told viewers: “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another. […] I want to apologise.”
Twitter users are now responding with a seemingly endless plethora of memes mocking his admission by inserting his face onto images of major events.
In a statement published after his claim was disputed, Williams said: “I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in '08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing just above the ramp.
“I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologise.”
Since Williams' apology, questions also have also reportedly been raised as to whether his claim that he saw a body or bodies in the Hurricane Katrina floodwaters that hit New Orleans in 2005 might have been exaggerated.
Williams has voluntarily taken himself “off air” for a few days. NBC News has refused to comment on when he will return.Reuse content