As Twitchy reported earlier today, Brian Williams is facing new allegations that he possibly lied about or exaggerated his reports while covering Hurricane Katrina from New Orelans in 2005.
And one of the now questionable Katrina anecdotes noted by conservative blogger @SooperMexican was where Williams claims he somehow ended up getting “dysentery” while covering the aftermath of the storm:
My week, two weeks there, was not helped by the fact that I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery, our hotel was overrun with gangs, I was rescued from the stairwell of a five star hotel in New Orleans by a young police officer we are friends to this day.
Which brings us to James Woods:
Great question. How did Williams end up drinking the flood water?
Of note, dysentery is a rather nasty infection that requires constant re-hydration and possibly, hospitalization. Did Williams really have dysentery and keep reporting from the flood zone?
From the Newsbusters link above:
Dr. Brobson Lutz, a former city health director who manned an EMS trailer that was set up in the 900 block of Dumaine Street, a block from his house in the French Quarter, said he was a fan of Williams but dubious of his claims.
“We were never wet. It was never wet,” he remarked of the conditions in the city’s most historic neighborhood.
As for dysentery, “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” Lutz said.
As for Williams saying he accidentally drank floodwaters, Lutz added, “I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”
Twitchy reported earlier on a Los Angeles Times Report that suggested Williams won’t face any disciplinary action for his fib on surviving a rocket attack in Iraq, but let’s see what happens as more of his reporting is reviewed.