“What Brian Williams is saying, none of it can be true,” Mann said on Reliable Sources Sunday morn. “For a reporter to be embedded with SEAL Team Six or any Tier One unit — that just doesn’t happen. …The objective of any Tier One unit is to conceal. …The last thing in the world we would want is a reporter sitting in a helicopter embedded in one of these units.”

Mann said that for a member to have retrieved a piece of a downed helicopter from battle would have entailed an insane amount of risk in the midst of a battle. “In the midst of all that a Seal would have to go back in and grab a piece of that tail,” Mann said. “There’s not way in the world that would happen. It would be criminal.”