Brian Williams Taking Time Off to Look for the Blue Max He Got for Shooting Down Bin Laden

The Blue Max

The Blue MaxNEW YORK — NBC News anchor Brian Williams said Saturday he will take himself off the evening newscast for several days as the network probes misstatements related to his experience reporting on the Iraq war in 2003. “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” Williams said in a statement posted on NBC News’ website. Lester Holt, who typically anchors on weekends, will step in to handle the weekday evening broadcast in the interim, Williams said. NBC launched an internal probe Friday into the top-rated “Nightly News” anchor’s debunked claim that he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In an internal memo, NBC News President Deborah Turness told staffers that a team would gather the facts about the incident in which Williams, 55, falsely said he was in a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by an RPG. “This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News,” she said. “As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)