Former FEMA Director Michael Brown called “B.S.” on embattled NBC anchor Brian Williams’s claims that he saw a dead body floating outside of his hotel room during Hurricane Katrina.
Brown said he “would never say there’s no chance” that a body could have floated in the French Quarter, but asked to “envision” what Williams is saying:
You are sitting in the French Quarter. You’re not in the Ninth Ward, you’re not in the poor parts of the city, you’re not in the areas that were flooded where people had hundreds of thousands of dollars in value in homes next to a levy, where the water is in the third and fourth floors of the homes. You’re sitting in your robe, in a French Quarter hotel, looking out your window and claiming you see a body float by? Give me an effing break.
Williams also claimed that he had dysentery, but Brown said that he has “never heard, never heard, of dysentery in Hurricane Katrina, anywhere. Biloxi [Mississippi] all the way to the Texas border, I never heard of one case of dysentery.”
“If you truly have dysentery, you’re not standing up in front of a camera, in front of national news people, giving a report and then going back and sitting on the commode or hunched in your bed for the next five hours and then get up and do it again,” he told the Times. “If you truly have dysentery, you’re down and out.”
Williams has also claimed that his five-star hotel was overrun by gangs and that he was even planning to barter for his life with vienna sausages. But those “stories” are curiously never mentioned in his Katrina diaries.