NBC: Brian Williams Got It Wrong Reporting Christie BridgeGate News

This April 4, 2012 file photo shows NBC News' Brian Williams, at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File)
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NBC acknowledged Friday that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was wrong when he said during Thursday’s broadcast that charges for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had been “ruled out” by federal investigators looking into the BridgeGate scandal.

“An unscripted line of our Nightly News report was imprecise and implied that a final decision had been reached,’’ NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall told the Asbury Park Press in a statement.

NBC’s New York affiliate had reported Thursday that federal investigations had “thus far uncovered no evidence” showing that Christie knew about or ordered the George Washington Bridge closures in September 2013 that have become known as BridgeGate.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman, who is overseeing the investigation, confirmed to the Park Press that “the investigation is continuing” and no final determinations have been made regarding criminal charges.

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  1. When I read about this yesterday I was correct in thinking, “Not yet.”

  2. Obviously a right-wing hack.

    There is an article on the percentage of times Rs and Ds have appeared on Sunday morning shows and it never ceases to amaze me how on obviously conservative moderator is considered by some to be a liberal and vice versa. There is also the Corporatist, who is obviously speaking with a third voice.

  3. The tunnel project bond money is a much bigger and possibly more damaging scandal for Christie

  4. I remember a similar situation so long ago I don’t care to be more specific, but commenting on it a friend’s mom said, “Yeah, right. The madam’s a virgin.”

  5. Avatar for sandyh sandyh says:

    Well, this will be awkward when an indictment comes down later. Since nobody has really testified in a grand jury yet, Williams assertion is really premature.

    Once Christie testifies under oath and the stories from his staff contradict his memory, there will be plea deals made to to clarify those inconsistencies.

    There is plenty of evidence. It’s just being obscured by those pleading the 5th. Indictments for racketeering take a great deal of patience to assemble. But we all know there are numerous staff members who can and will be cracked by prosecutors.

    Christie is too much of a big mouthed tyrant not to have offended any number of people who would be happy to knock him off the pedestal he put himself on. The very fact he thinks he can go on to run for president knowing full well what happened to Spiro Agnew, tells you just how corrupt this NJ crook is.

    He’s not going to fly anywhere in the country except NJ. Fooling himself thinking he’s safe from his past transgressions.

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