Uh-oh! Could this be one serial fabulism too far for Brian Williams? The tall tale that converts his six month suspension into a permanent expulsion from NBC News?
We've the tales of Brian about his helicopter being hit by an RPG, Hurricane Katrina fantasies, and even a supposed encounter with the Pope himself during his very brief stint as a college student before he dropped out to work for Jimmy Carter. According to a report at Page Six of the New York Post, a former Navy SEAL is casting aspersions upon the veracity of Williams story about flying into Baghdad with Seal Team Six:
A former Navy SEAL is publicly questioning claims by disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams that he flew with members of the famed SEAL Team Six during the Iraq War — and that one of them sent him a souvenir from the daring commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
“My initial reaction is it sounds completely preposterous. There’s a healthy dislike towards embedded journalists within the SEAL community,” ex-SEAL sniper and best-selling author Brandon Webb told The Huffington Post.
“I can’t even remember an embed with a SEAL unit. And especially at SEAL Team Six? Those guys don’t take journalists with them on missions.”
But...but didn't they give Brian a piece of a chopper used on the Bin Laden raid?
“It seems very strange that professional operators are going to take a souvenir off a classified stealth helicopter and then send it to Brian Williams,” he said.
“And you know, if Brian wants to re-establish his credibility, let’s have him show us a picture of the piece, let’s see it.”
Backing up Brandon Webb is this spokesman:
US Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw told the Huffington Post: “We do not embed journalists with (SEAL Team Six) or any other unit that conducts counter-terrorism missions.”
McGraw also noted that the chopper destroyed outside bin Laden’s compound “was not blown up until after US forces had left.”
Exit question: Did Jimmy McGill or Saul Goodman ever give Brian Williams a souvenir Cinnabon?