Williams spoke to Meyers at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday when Meyers asked how her father was doing.
“It's been tough, though. Obviously, toughest on my dad, who bears the full burden of responsibility for it, but one thing the experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man," Williams told Meyers. "He's a really good man. He's an honest man. He's a truthful man. He has so much integrity. He cares so much about journalism. And yes, he's a really good dad. I know you can trust him because, as any good daughter does, I've tested him on that."
When Meyers asked for specific anecdotes on her father’s trust, she gave this story:
“In 2003, when he was in Iraq for the war, I was in ninth grade. And there was a father-daughter dance at the end of the year, and before he left, he was assuming he'd be back in time for the dance. And then as the date was coming, it didn't seem like he was going to make it, but he had promised. And so then, a couple of days before, I was so upset, and I got a surprise call from Iraq from my dad. And he was asking if I had a date to the dance.
So that's the kind of man he is and I can't wait for him to be back on TV and I know many of you guys feel that way.”
Williams’ (rather unclearly) implies that her dad is true to his word because he didn’t break his little girl’s heart over a father-daughter dance. While it’s a cute story, it doesn’t negate or excuse Brian Williams’ multiple fabrications in reporting that not only weaken our trust in Brian Williams, but our trust in Western media as a whole.