Attkisson: Brian Williams War Story 'Strangely' Similar to Hillary Clinton on Bosnia

February 11th, 2015 3:46 PM

Sharyl Attkisson knows a thing or two about media bias.  After all, it was Attkisson who blew the lid off CBS's blatant bias favoring the president and his administration in her recent book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.
On Monday, Attkisson appeared  on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV, and told him she couldn’t understand how Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and presidential candidate, could withstand such a scandal, while NBC News anchor Brian Williams may not. Attkisson was a reporter acommpanying Hillary Clinton in Bosnia, and realized Hillary’s lie after NewsBusters unearthed the video.

"To me, part of the irony is if Brian Williams isn't able to survive it — that we think it's important enough when somebody gives this kind of story that he would lose his career — yet we didn't care enough to have it matter that much with someone who became our secretary of state…[A person] we relied on for honest answers and truths in the aftermath of Benghazi and so on."
It was only one week ago that Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News for nearly 10 years, issued a mea culpa during his news broadcast. Attkisson asked Malzberg "Is it really more important that Brian Williams has a certain type of character and honesty than a presidential candidate or secretary of state?"

"I don't know, that's up to the American people to decide, but clearly they got past it in the case of Hillary Clinton, although it was never explained. We'll see if people can get past it in the case of Brian Williams."

Attkisson said Williams' lie was "strangely" reminiscent to the one told by Clinton. "In both cases, the attempt at a mea culpa initially kind of almost made things worse," she said.

ATTKISSON: With Hillary Clinton, after the video was found that there was no sniper fire, there was no apparent danger on the runway as she claims, she doubled down and said, 'Well, I stopped and you saw pictures of me greeting the young girl, because how could I walk past her and break her little heart? But after that I ran to the car.

So I was assigned to do a second day story by [the CBS] Evening News … that showed more video that too wasn't true, and when she knew we had the video it is just beyond me that she continued to tell this tale.

The video, Attkisson said, showed that Clinton "lingered on the runway, took pictures with a group of seventh graders, visited with the troops, [and] took photographs with them and no apparent danger to her or anyone in the vicinity.  

"You kind of wonder in both instances … how they got away for so long with telling the story and how they thought that they would get away with it without somebody coming to them, family members and so on, saying that didn't happen."