The New York Times buried the story the bottom of B-10, in a 377-word article by Ravi Somaiya headlined “NBC Anchor Apologizes for Saying He Was Shot Down Over Iraq.” Somaiya began generously: “The NBC News anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for mistakenly claiming he had been on a helicopter that was shot down by ground fire in Iraq in 2003.”
The story did include a snippet from Reynolds:
“Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft,” wrote Lance Reynolds on Facebook. “I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened.”
USA Today buried it in a three-paragraph news brief on the bottom of A-3: “NBC’s Williams sorry for false Iraq story in 2003.” The front of the paper’s Life section was dominated by NBC’s “Today” crew picking Grammy winners.