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NBC’s Brian Williams Mixes Up Kenya and Nigeria

Brian Williams led Tuesday evening’s NBC Nightly News broadcast with the story of the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, saying it “now feels as if the world is aware and responding” to the situation. However, twice in his introduction to correspondent Ann Curry’s report, Williams said the kidnappings had occurred in Kenya, not Nigeria.

Curry’s report correctly identified the location of the kidnappings as Nigeria, which is located in West Africa, thousands of miles away from Kenya. If Curry heard Williams’ error, she decided not to correct him when they spoke briefly at the end of the segment. Williams correctly referred to the “scary story out of Nigeria” without acknowledging the earlier error.

By the time the news broadcast aired on the west coast three hours later, the opening intro had been corrected with Williams referencing the correct country. That version is the one currently live on NBC News’ website.

A spokesperson for NBC Nightly News sent the following statement to TVNewser, “Brian realized his error right away, corrected it two minutes later and for all subsequent feeds. He wrote the item in question in the rush before airtime — it was an error borne of haste and he felt terrible about it.”

Watch the original east coast broadcast below, via NBC:

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