April 20, 2015, - 5:07 pm

NBC Mideast Chief Admits Making Up Dead Bodies Story, Gets Peabody Award; Lied About Israel

By Debbie Schlussel



Last week, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, admitted he lied and flat out made up a story about seeing dead bodies. He pulled a Brian Williams, and he got away with it. Incredibly, he got a Peabody Award today, too. The question is, what did Engel lie about and flat out make up when he’s repeatedly covered Israel and its defense against Islamic terrorists, including HAMAS and Hezbollah?

Late last week, NBC News had to outscoop the New York Times when it learned that the Times discovered that Engel reported he’d been kidnapped by Shi’ite terrorists (who backed Syrian leader Bashar Assad) instead of the real identity of his captors, the “moderate” Sunni Free Syrian Army (FSA) “rebels.” This was a significant “mistake” and difference because the FSA were the “freedom fighters” on whom John McCain, Barack Obama, and Engel himself had been constantly pimping us as the alternative to Assad and ISIS–and many of whom have since joined ISIS. It turns out that Engel and NBC News knew very quickly after they aired that his series of stories about his kidnappers’ identities were false. But the news network never corrected itself, not wanting to have egg on its face and discredit its brand a la Brian Williams. Still, the coverage of Engel’s “misreporting” was attributed to an innocent mistake.

The thing is, while that was the headline story in the media, the real story is actually something else, something bigger: that Richard Engel deliberately lied about the events of his “kidnapping,” which was staged by the FSA. (FSA fighters who kidnapped him posed as Shi’ites and then other FSA fighters posing as themselves “rescued” him.) In an article he wrote for Vanity Fair, Engel claimed that he saw dead bodies. In fact, Engel now admits he made up stories about seeing dead bodies. He admits he never saw any dead bodies. From the New York Times:

In his Vanity Fair article, Mr. Engel described one of his captors lying dead. In his statement Wednesday, he acknowledged that he did not see bodies during the rescue.

Vanity Fair has since acknowledged that it had to change and “correct” Engel’s fairy tale. But not NBC, which hasn’t done a thing.

Despite admittedly making up stories–Hey, Just Like Brian Williams!–there’s been no apology for that, no mea culpa over the lies, and no disciplinary action for Engel. Nothing, despite the fact that this establishes for certain that you can’t believe a single thing this schmuck “reports.” He just makes things up. How the heck does this guy still have a job????

And since Richard Engel admits he lied to NBC News viewers about seeing dead bodies he never saw, it raises the question: WHAT ELSE DID RICHARD ENGEL LIE ABOUT?

Engel is NBC’s main presence in the Middle East. He’s repeatedly the chief correspondent in covering Israel and Israel’s defensive wars against HAMAS and Hezbollah. (There is also NBC’s HAMAS-propagandist-in-residence, Al-Jazeera refugee Ayman Mohyeldin, whose lies are a given.)

How many “dead bodies” that didn’t exist did Richard Engel manufacture out of whole cloth during his coverage of Israel? How many other things that didn’t exist did Richard Engel fabricate?

We’ll never know. But rest assured that a leopard doesn’t acquire his spots at age 41. This lying, this fabricating, this prevarication has been a lifelong habit for Richard Engel. He didn’t just start making up dead bodies and other nonexistent things at NBC News after he was “kidnapped.” He’s been doing it all along. People are generally consistent in their ways.

And so, anything Richard Engel has ever said–anything he’s ever “reported”–can be presumed to be false, just flat-out made up.

And, from now on, you can’t believe Richard Engel on anything.

If he says the sky is blue, it’s probably hot pink.

Alhamdulilah [praise allah], another useful idiot for the jihad, who’s not really an idiot, but he’s quite useful.


Incredibly, Mr. “I See Dead Bodies,” Richard Engel, received a Peabody Award today for “truth” in news coverage! What’s next, an award to the Castro Brothers for “humanitarianism”?

NBC News and its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, were awarded a news Peabody for their continuing coverage of ISIS. The honor comes just days after Engel revealed that newly discovered information had led him to revise his account of his 2012 kidnapping in Syria.

Well, maybe Peabody Awards really aren’t concerned with truthful news coverage:

“Winners . . . demonstrate how new avenues and approaches to storytelling can have a major impact on how we understand truth, reality, and events,” Peabody Awards director Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones said in a statement.

Hmmm . . . that must be psychobabble for “winners demonstrate how lying can make us believe phony news.”

So, Brian Williams is suspended for six months, and yet this guy is getting awards?

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23 Responses

If the Israelis were smart, they’d go through Engel’s stories and identify the lies for all and sundry.

adam on April 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    If the Israelis were smart, they wouldn’t let these reporters into the country at all.

    Hillel on April 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

This Peabody Award would make for a great Onion story: “Onion’s Editor Wins Prestigious Peabody Award.” Ironically, the Onion–America’s Finest News Source–would actually deserve the Award because they’ve fooled many people with far more outrageous news stories than Engel concocted.

I guess the old Mark Twain quotation about “lies, damn lies, and statistics” is old hat now. The new paradigm is “lies, damn lies, and award winning new avenues of ostensibly credible literary alterations of reality.”

Ralph Adamo on April 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm

I do not understand why NBC’s TV competitors do not publicize this.

FS on April 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    FS asks: “I do not understand why NBC’s TV competitors do not publicize this.”

    Answer: Because although there may be no honor among thieves, there is honor among liars.

    It’s a “I won’t call you out if you don’t call me out” kind of thing.

    Ralph Adamo on April 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    MSM, a cabal of six, does not really believe in competition with each other. The main conflict is MSM’s lies against truth.

    Marblenecltr on April 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Well , I’m sure they have their own liars, who would be exposed. These birds of a feather will protect their own.

    William on April 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

‘Incredibly, Mr. “I See Dead Bodies,” Richard Engel, received a Peabody Award today for “truth” in news coverage! What’s next, an award to the Castro Brothers for “humanitarianism”?’

What a perverse world has emanated from hippie-boomers and their demented progeny, the millennials, where that doesn’t even faze me considering that Obola won the Nobel Peace Prize.

DS_ROCKS! on April 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    DS Rocks says: “What’s next, an award to the Castro Brothers for “humanitarianism”?”

    Yes, my understanding is that the Norwegian Nobel Committee is exploring the possibility of an award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Castro Brothers. However, the smart money appears to be on a joint Nobel Peace Prize to be jointly awarded to Obama and the Ayatollah for their groundbreaking negotiations that are certain to make the world a better place.

    You know, sometimes I think I might be able to make a side career of writing for The Onion.

    Ralph Adamo on April 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Engel is now a strong candidate for Obummer’s next Press Secretary!

Recalcitrant Zionist on April 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

If Richard Engel can survive his fabrications, Brian Williams did indeed get a raw deal. Also, it seems that the Peabody Award goes to people for reasons other than veracity in news gathering.

Worry on April 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Not for nothing that Peabody begins with the exact same letter as “Pinocchio” – as the pic at the top of this item (to the right of Mr. Engel’s) clearly underscores.

But clearly, anything involving Israel, ALL the MSM lie through their teeth. In that sense, regrettably and unfortunately, Engel and NBC are not unique.

ConcernedPatriot on April 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

Yeah, I’ll bet this guy has been fabricating stuff about Israel all right.

skzion on April 21, 2015 at 7:16 am

There are no “reporters” anymore. All we see on our LCD Lie To Me is fabricated stories designed to sway us to the “reporters” biased views. They would rather entertain than report. They inject themselves into the story as to elevate themselves into some hero in the trenches. All lies sheeple.

MuzzCrusher on April 21, 2015 at 9:19 am

Is anyone really surprised? Just another “Journalist” (AKA: Mediapimp)exposed. How far the “Profession” has fallen. In my opinion, there has not been a real journalist since H.V. Kaltenborn, ……..No, I do NOT consider Cronkite a journalist. Just another propagandist who created the “Most trusted man in America” mantra. Trusted by who? Certainly not by folks with an IQ above a turnip.

Victoryman on April 21, 2015 at 9:19 am

And people wonder why so many are cutting the cable and/or leaving TV behind. buncha Liars. Thanks Miss Schlussel for wading through the muck for us.

Paul J Siegfried on April 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

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DeportAmericanIslamists on April 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    DeportAmericanIslamists, quit using Deb’s site to pimp yours.

    It’s unseemly and uncouth.

    Get lost.

    eyepooponu on April 21, 2015 at 11:29 pm

“winners demonstrate how lying can make us believe phony news.”

…as long as it promotes the approved agenda.

Dave on April 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

NBC is a worthless state run propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party and the extreme left. Why watch it?

samantha on April 21, 2015 at 11:58 pm

It would seem that the only “Peabody Award” that Engel deserves to keep would be that which has a pic of the cartoon dog from the “Rocky & Bullwinkle” TV series on the medal.

ConcernedPatriot on April 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm

This is why whenevr I read about CNN reporters, MSNBC reporters, or BBC reporters being kidnapped or killed, I get amused.

All Liberal journalists are subhuman vermin.

Occam's Tool on April 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    The so called right wing media isn’t any better.

    Fox news is supposed to be ‘right’ wing but it is part wahabi owned.

    DeportAmericanIslamists on April 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

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