by Jeff Green, Bloomberg
Why do they do it?
NBC news anchor Brian Williams is under scrutiny for claims he has made that the military helicopter in which he was traveling on assignment in Iraq in 2003 took ground fire and was forced down. Williams took back his account of the events and apologized after servicemen disputed it.
His is only the latest in a long, strange series of erroneous statements made by politicians and celebrities over the decades about remarkable things they saw, did or said, and an equally long string of apologies, by turns bland and fascinating. Read the entire story.