Morning Media Newsfeed: Williams Recants Iraq Story | Fox News Posts ISIS Video

Brian Williams recants Iraq story. embeds full ISIS video. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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NBC’s Brian Williams Recants Iraq Story After Soldiers Protest (Stars And Stripes)
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years. TVNewser The incident came into question when crew members of the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets told Stars And Stripes that Williams was nowhere near the helicopter that went down. Williams and his crew were on a different chopper, about an hour behind the one that was fired upon. HuffPost Most recently, in a Friday Nightly News segment featuring Command Sgt. Major Tim Terpack, Williams described being aboard a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and forced down at the beginning of the Iraq War. Williams said that his NBC team was then “rescued, surrounded and kept alive” by a platoon led by Terpack. The newscast showed footage of Williams accompanying Terpack to a New York Rangers hockey game, where the arena announcer repeated Williams’ account of events. THR On Jan. 30, NBC Nightly News posted a video of Williams to Facebook, in which Williams recounts the false story during the news segment. A user by the name of Lance Reynolds, who claimed to have been serving in Iraq during the incident in question, subsequently commented on the video, writing, “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.” Variety The admission, which comes after other mistakes made by NBC News personnel in recent newscasts, could give rivals like CBS and ABC fodder in the ongoing struggle to lure audiences to the flagship programs of their news departments.

Fox News Embeds Complete ISIS Video on Website (TVNewser)
While Fox News Channel won’t show you the horrific propaganda video released by ISIS that claims to show the murder of a captured Jordanian pilot, you can go to and watch the full video. NYT On Tuesday, media organizations around the world wrestled with whether to show either the still images or the video of Islamic State militants burning a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage. The clip was offered on the Fox News website with no preamble, though a short text accompanying the video warned viewers that it was extremely graphic. Most other news organizations used photos or video clips showing the moments leading up to the execution. TVNewser Tony Maddox, the executive vice president of CNN International, joined CNN Today to explain why the network would not show the ISIS video of the Jordanian pilot being burned to death. Maddox went on to discuss if showing the video is necessary to show the inhumanity and ruthlessness of ISIS. HuffPost Fox News also aired graphic images from the video. Anchor Bret Baier warned viewers on Special Report Tuesday evening that the pictures were coming, adding, “We feel you need to see it.” “Tonight, we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out,” he said. “The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now.” The Fox News anchor added that the network decided to air the horrific images in order “to bring you the reality of Islamic terrorism.”

Netflix to Launch in Japan This Fall (THR)
Internet video service Netflix is planning to launch in Japan in the fall, according to a CNBC alert. WSJ Japan will be the company’s maiden market in Asia and will serve as a launchpad for further expansion in the region. Netflix also named Gregory Peters, its chief streaming and partnerships officer, as general manager of Netflix Japan to help establish relationships with local content creators and consumer electronics companies. It is Netflix’s first appointment of a general manager outside the U.S. Variety At launch, Netflix Japan will apparently include a number of Japanese films and TV series, as well as Netflix originals Marco Polo and upcoming Daredevil. Netflix beat expectations in Q4 on international subscriber adds with 2.43 million (vs. previous guidance of 2.15 million). As of the end of 2014, Netflix had 39.11 million U.S. streaming subs and 18.28 million internationally. GigaOM Netflix surprised investors last month when executives announced as part of the company’s Q4 earnings that they wanted to complete the company’s international expansion to a total of 200 countries within the next two years. Netflix currently operates in close to 50 countries, and has announced that it is going to launch in Australia and New Zealand next month.