- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 8, 2016

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams, who repeatedly exaggerated or completely fabricated accounts of journalistic valor in the theater of war, is lamenting the role that “fake news” played in President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning electoral college victory.

“As we talked about here last night, fake news played a role in this election and continues to find a wide audience,” Mr. Williams reported Wednesday evening.

Tall tales told by Mr. Williams include the fiction that his helicopter sustained enemy fire and had to be grounded while he was embedded with troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He falsely claimed two of the four aircraft traveling in his platoon were hit by RPG and AK-47 fire in 2003.

The disgraced anchor, who was suspended for six months and subsequently demoted from his perch at NBC’s “Nightly News” following the revelations of serial deceit, also reported on the firing of National Security Adviser-delegate Mike Flynn’s son from the Trump transition team for spreading “fake news” on Twitter.

“But his dad, the retired Army three-star general, has passed on some gems himself,” Mr. Williams reported. “Here are a few: [Hillary] Clinton is involved with child sex-trafficking and has secretly waged war on the Catholic Church, as well as charges that the president is a jihadi who laundered money for Muslim terrorists.”

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• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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