Brian Williams and Jon Stewart have been friends for more than a decade, but on Monday night the Daily Show talk host was forced to talk about the news anchors recently uncovered lie.
Stewart started the segment by lamenting his fellow New Jerseyan. “Bri,” he began. “Why? Why, Bri? Why Bri lie? … Sigh.”
Stewart was referring to a story Williams told last week about his experiences during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams claimed that the helicopter he was flying on was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. 12 years ago Brian Williams told the same story, but admitted at the time that it was an aircraft that left one hour before his own flight that was hit with grenade fire. Williams apologized, claiming that it was an “error of conflation” on his part.
Stewart has now deemed Brian Williams’ lie to be a major case of “infotainment confusion syndrome.”
The “Daily Show” host compared footage of Williams’ original report from 2003 to a version told in a clip during a 2013 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
“The truth of what a reporter is saying is all in the direction their face is turned,” Stewart Joked.
“Self-love can be a bad habit,” he added. “You probably shouldn’t do it at your work desk.”
While he made a few jokes at Williams’ expense, he also went after media outlets who repeatedly reported on the Williams lie.
“Finally!” he said. “Someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq War.” He said those words as he flashed pictures of Dick Cheney and other members of the government across the screen.
Lester Holt is currently subbing for Brian Williams, 55, who said he would take a few days off before returning to his news program. Holt, who handles anchor duties on the weekend said, “Brian told us he’s taking several days off this broadcast amid questions over how he recalled certain stories he covered.”
Brian Williams has held the “Nightly News” anchor position since 2004.
Williams was scheduled to appear once again on “The Late Show with David Letterman” this Thursday, but reports say he decided to cancel.
Jon Stewart has long been a supporter of Brian Williams and the Night News, I doubt that is about to change because of the way Williams reported the news.