Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday that the flooding around Williams’ hotel — the Ritz-Carlton — at the time the NBC News anchor said he saw the body float by would likely not have been high enough, as there was relatively little flooding in the French Quarter, the area where Williams was staying.
“It would be very suspect,” Honoré said. “But anything’s possible.”
Honoré said while it was possible Williams saw a dead body float by, it was unlikely because the water was “well below knee level around the Ritz-Carlton.”
The retired general also said if Williams did see a dead body, he should’ve reported it to authorities or tried to help the victim.
“If he was a newsman and saw a body floating by his hotel, why didn’t he go grab it? Why didn’t he get somebody and report it?” Honoré wondered. “Either report it — which you’re supposed to do — or as a human being go out and try to assist that person or get somebody.”
Williams also said his hotel was “overrun with gangs,” an assertion Honoré said was never corroborated.
Honoré’s comments come as stories Williams told on and off air are under intense scrutiny after the “NBC Nightly News” anchor admitted last week he embellished his experience in Iraq, where he said a helicopter he had been traveling in during a 2003 sandstorm came under fire....More