Gotnews.com has confirmed that New York Times security consultant William Arkin authored the 2003 NBC book that repeated Brian Williams’s Iraq war lie.
A September 2003 NBC News book narrated by Tom Brokaw claimed Brian Williams was on “receiving end of an ambush.”
Ron B. sent this Amazon link to Gotnews.com that confirms that Arkin wrote the story without checking its veracity.
The story was relayed in a book produced by NBC Enterprises entitled Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Inside Story.
“Brian Williams, his producer Justin Balding, and NBC News consultant General Wayne Downing, retired, ended up on the receiving end of an ambush directed at the 3rd Infantry Division,” wrote Arkin.
The book described how they were “forced to make a desert landing after being attacked by Iraqi Fedayeen.”
Arkin, who did not return Gotnews.com requests for comment by deadline, took to Twitter criticize “[h]ating the smug bloggers etc. attacking Brian Williams; it’s a feeding frenzy pure and simple.”
— William M. Arkin (@warkin) February 7, 2015
Arkin currently has a book due out this year with Hachette about drones.
Here are several photos from when Williams was allegedly shot down.