Inquiry claims Brian Williams exaggerated Arab Spring reports in 2011
The anchor allegedly gave conflicting accounts of his actions in Tahrir Square
Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams has reportedly lied during his coverage of riots in Cairo during the Arab Spring in February 2011, a new report said Friday, according to The New York Times.
The anchor, who has been suspended by NBC on Feb.10th after he was caught in a lie about being in a helicopter that took heavy ground fire during the Iraq War, allegedly gave conflicting accounts of his actions in Tahrir Square.
Following his return from Cairo, Williams said during an interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” that he “actually made eye contact with the man on the lead horse” during violent protests in the square.
Stewart asked about pro-government forces using whips.
“Yeah,” Williams said. “He went around the corner after I saw him, they pulled out whips and started beating human beings on the way,” he added.
However, the network’s reports on the clashes said that Williams was standing on a balcony overlooking the square and did not set foot among the crowd.
The 55-year-old, who had been working for the network for a decade, is accused of lying or exaggerating in his reporting.
An investigation is being conducted by at least five NBC journalists.