Brian Williams speaks out: 'Ego got the better of me'

June 19, 2015 1:36 PM

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NBC News anchor Brian Williams spoke Friday for the first time since his suspension and demotion, saying "my ego got the better of me" when he told a false story on the "NBC Nightly News" about being forced down by enemy fire in a military helicopter during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Appearing in a taped interview on NBC's "Today," where he faced tough questioning from colleague Matt Lauer, Williams maintained that he did not intend to lie to viewers on Jan. 30 when he recounted traveling on a Chinook helicopter. Williams accurately reported that the aircraft had not been fired ...

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