In Feb 2015, NBC's leading journalist and news anchor, Brian Williams, was pressured into recanting his claim that he had come under enemy fire while imbedded with US forces in Iraq. Williams had made the claim at different times over the years, most recently while covering an event honoring a retired soldier. “The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
When those who remembered the actual events of the day challenged Williams' claim, pressure began to mount--from the Network, from the media, from the Armed Forces, and even from his fans--for Williams to come clean and admit that he'd not told the truth. It was clear that he faced losing not only his job, but his good name and reputation.
Under the weight of the pressure, Williams finally admitted that events had not played out as he'd previously reported. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said. “I want to apologize. ... No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.”
The pressure for Williams to recant his account of the Iraq event was powerful. He stood to lose his job.
The pressure for the disciples to recant their account of the resurrection was far greater. They stood to lose their lives--and indeed, eleven of the twelve ultimately did.
If the disciples had in any way invented or even simply exaggerated the story of the resurrection, surely, under such duress, at least one of them would have admitted it. But that never happened. They knew without a doubt it was the truth, and were willing to face death because of it.
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also." (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).