1. There’s the deflection in the first sentence. Williams seems to be saying: “I was only trying to do something good, but something bad happened instead.” He returns to the theme of saluting veterans and honoring their service later. But really: he is on the record as recounting this same story multiple times over the last decade.This isn’t the first instance. To pretend that is, and that he was only trying to help other people, is galling.
2. Fully half of the statement is not about what he did wrong, but what others did right – again, deflection as if to say, “Let’s talk about something else here.” He goes on about the brave men and women who served. He offers a bid for some sympathy by alluding to the “two harrowing nights” in a sandstorm after. (Translation: “I may not have been shot at, but it was no picnic, folks.”) But he has really very little to say about the fiction he perpetrated numerous times over the years.
He's got one more. It's worth the link click to check it out.
NBC has fallen a long way over the years.
A very long way.