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Overpaid stuffed suit, Brian Williams, finally found an issue that caused him to cross the line from news reader to news commentator, today.  So proud was he of his new found outrage that it could not be contained within the bounds of his own show.  No, he had to make a special appearance on the Obermann show to demonstrate what a man of the people he really is.

Exactly what was it that motivated Brian Williams to cross that ethical line that he has held for so long.  Was it....???

  1. The fact that he repeatedly presented to the American people on his nightly news show paid shills masquerading as military advisors who resoundingly pimped the necessity of invading Iraq?  Now that would be a story!!  Nope.  Brian is not only okay with that, he facilitated it.
  1. Would he comment of illegal wiretapping through overstep of FISA?  No, as far as Brian knows, he wasn't a target, (probably slept pretty well on that one considering his actions on point number 1, above.)
  1. Was it the overreach of executive power to suspend habeous corpus, effect hundreds of signing statements overriding the legislative branch or any of the variety of executive orders that were intended to hide the workings of our government and subvert the workings of the three equal branches that hold our democracy together?  No, as long as they were done for good reason, Brian did not see any need to get all worked up about those.
  1. How about the revelation that we have been engaged in torture since 2003?  Well, Brian knew that back then.  Any outrage he would have about that certainly has worn off by now.  
  1. How about the fact that millions of people in the country are out of work for the actions of a few greedy traders (some on his network)and bankers who gamed the system from top to bottom for nearly a decade under the blind eyes of his supposed news organization - a group that could hardly investigate what Obama had for lunch if it was included in a White House press briefing.  Hell no, Brian isn't going to care about that...after all, he hangs out with most of these people on the weekends when he doesn't have to pretend like he is a man of the people during the week.  Sure wouldn't want to ruffle those feathers.  I mean, gee, those people throw some killer parties!

No, the issue is much bigger than that.  You see, the only issue Brian could finally bring himself to comment on was one that literally flew right over his head.  Yes, we had to hear him invoke and stoke his personal 911 fears all over again because he thought someone broke into Andrews Air Force Base and hijacked Air Force 1 and was going to crash it into lower Manhatten with a full military escort.  Gotta hand it to Brian Williams.   He sure knows what to get worked up about.  Maybe through his temper tantrum he can get someone fired and he can build his bonafides as a true man of the people.  Just don't ask him to express any outrage over the other issues that really affect people's lives....they are not quite a sexy to cover...

Originally posted to grettadog on Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 11:57 PM PDT.

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  •  I care more about the fact that you've (4+ / 0-)

    misspelled three things I deeply respect and value (Olbermann, Manhattan, and Habeas Corpus) than I care what comes out of Brian Williams mouth.

  •  Brian Williams (11+ / 0-)

    is a wingnut wind-up doll.

    sláinte,

    cl

    Religion is like sodomy: both can be harmless when practiced between consenting adults but neither should be imposed upon children.

    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 12:21:01 AM PDT

  •  Didn't Williams say something like... (20+ / 0-)

    this was the "worst thing" he's seen in years?

    Uh Brian...Katrina? Iraq?

    The Villagers sure are an insulated bunch.

  •  Good diary. Can't stand him either. (6+ / 0-)

    ""If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." JAMES MADISON

    by isabvella on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 12:36:28 AM PDT

  •  What a fucking twit and teh moran ! (4+ / 0-)
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    rhfactor, fritzrth, playtonjr, bluegrass50

    And KO put up with this BS ?

    From Alabama to Obama - You've come a long way baby.

    by amk for obama on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 12:39:20 AM PDT

  •  Torture (3+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, playtonjr, chrome327

    Isn't anything to get your panties in a twist about but flying airforce one with a jet accompanying it is just unacceptable.... give me a break

    "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." - Bush

    by BendOver GOP on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 12:50:36 AM PDT

  •  and you were expecting what out of this idiot (2+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, lisastar

    Obermann was probably trying to side step the spector spectacular. It was nice of him though to let Brian Williams be on at an adult hour.

  •  shut up (1+ / 0-)
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    find a new yorker who wasn't pissed about that in every sense.

    it was a stupid decision every step of the way, and a complete waste of money.

    If I was in NYC and had to watch that I would be pissed too.

    as for your other points - his job is to not be a commentator, it's to read what is put in front of him and toss to reporters who are the real news gathering part of the news along with producers.

    i am sick of tired of people here who complain about but have no idea how it works and are completely unwilling to step up and try to do any better. if you don't like the job NBC does, then apply for a fucking job and try to do better. you don't like what Williams has to say, then learn about the way the news works and blame the fucking producers.

    and NBC reported several times about how poorly the iraq war was going, it also reported a ton on the anti-war movement. just because the guests NBC gives him have a different view than you means he thinks the war is good.

    NBC reported several times on the FISA wiretapping, and pointed out almost every single time specifically how it was illegal and controversial. do you really want your news to be like the daily show with him jumping over the desk? or do you want a national news anchor to be able to simple report the facts????? i highly doubt you actually want a real news anchor.

    NBC has also reported a ton on the patriot act, torture, and wall street bankers. Just because he isn't a liberal version of Limbaugh doesn't mean he is a shill or an idiot. He isn't either.

    god dammit, his job is to report facts, not editorialize. i was more pissed about him giving opinions about the AF1 flight than I was about any other show he's had.

    •  report the facts (8+ / 0-)

      you are absolutely right.

      And WE all knew "the facts," didn't we?

      About the Bush "election," Iraq, the worldwide protests and the real reason we went, about voter fraud, about losing our civil rights?  

      And how did this corporate hack actually report these facts? Just like NBC wanted him to. Can you imagine someone like Dan Rather letting these "facts" fly by without a more thorough accounting?

      Give me a break.

      Dennis Kucinich was right.

      by lisastar on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 03:21:26 AM PDT

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    •  LOL ... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know why, but this comment has me laughing out loud. I'm glad there's no one else at work yet.

      noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

      by fritzrth on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 04:36:55 AM PDT

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    •  Well, find a non-NY'er who cares (4+ / 0-)
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      Really, it was a stupid thing to do (the flyover), but the to-do about it from the New York-based media is the very definition of overblown.  The rest of us in the great unwashed part of the country mostly think New Yorkers need to buck up - it was a momentary thing, we understand the reaction, but, really, Brian, Keith and the rest of the New York media types continuing to fulminate about this reached the overdone point yesterday and should just move the fuck on.

      Brian Williams is an idiot, IMO - and what part of NBC do you work for, Trobone?

      •  i don't. (0+ / 0-)

        but i do work in the media and i get pissed when people think that because the TV show they're watching isn't a cheerleader for them it means they're idiots.

        i also find it funny the left and the right can look at the same newscast and get equally pissed. to me that's a good newscast because both sides got their views in.

        i also get pissed when people whine and whine and whine and aren't willing to step up and do something about it except whine.

  •  He was pissed because (1+ / 0-)
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    the jet noise threatened to drown out his stentorian shouting of the headlines.

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    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

    by SFOrange on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 01:24:41 AM PDT

  •  Don't like Williams, but he was dead right (3+ / 0-)
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    That was absolutely stupid stunt that led to some real panic in the streets. The logo of Air Force One was NOT visible to folks on the streets and having an F15 appear to be chasing a 747 evoked some really bad memories... I remember how F15 pilot who left Cape and missed getting to Manhatten in time to stop 2nd place, cried in an interview. He had floored it, almost blew up his plane pushing it to get there in time...

    For folks who remember that event, who LIVED that tragedy, this wasn't just a stupid, insensitive stunt... it was truly re-living their worst nightmare and IT DID CAUSE panic.

    So for once, let me applaud Williams, and Keith O, and several other NBC folks who watched 911 live for speaking up LOUDLY.

    •  I agree, he was right to be angry about it ... (5+ / 0-)
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      viscerality, batgirl71, sherijr, mollyk, rja

      but, it wasn't a question of whether or not he was right to get angry about it, but the fact that all the shit BushCo has put has through doesn't seem to bother him at all: torture, lying us into a war, warrantless spying on Americans, over 4000 dead American soldiers, ...

      noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

      by fritzrth on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 04:41:41 AM PDT

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  •  why did KO waste our time giving him a slot (5+ / 0-)
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    to rant?

    I'm a NY'er.  I lived through 9/11.  I worked in the WTC.

    But if you think I'd equate the stoopid flyby as the WORST thing to happen...

    oh geez - this guy is a moran.  He just illustrated very clearly why I don't watch the night-time news on NBC(CBS or ABC either)

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 04:36:11 AM PDT

  •  Headline: Americans were Frightened (3+ / 0-)
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    Heads Should Roll!!

    In other news, non-Americans were tortured and even murdered, non-Americans died by the hundred-thousand while millions were made into refugees, our rights and values were trampled on by scare-mongerers -- see story page 51. Oh, and nobody was fired for these things. Americans weren't hurt (except for soldiers, but we support them so that makes up for it somehow).

    The photo-op was an extraordinarily stupid stunt, but people didn't die. I can get angry about it, but a person should save their fury for some extremely clear better targets.

    The soup got more affectionate.

    by merrily1000 on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 04:48:39 AM PDT

  •  This ranks up there (0+ / 0-)

    With Williams' reporting on the thoughts of the "average Montanan" from his visit to the Gallatin County Speedway last year.

    It's another attempt to show that he is just a common person who mingles with the masses, and not a highly paid corporate mouth piece.

    That's Countdown for the 2,082nd day since Mission Accomplished. You thought that would change? Are the troops home yet? Keith Olbermann January 20, 2009

    by Ed in Montana on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 05:02:00 AM PDT

  •  Brian Williams is just a typical (0+ / 0-)

    MSM hack.  He is no worse than the rest of them, which makes him pretty awful.

  •  you do him no justice!John Stewart and Williams (1+ / 0-)
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  •  i haven't watched... (0+ / 0-)

    news on tv for years. i didn't know he was still alive.
    tung sokl

    tung sol was right.--Governor David A Paterson

    by tung sol on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 05:59:24 AM PDT

  •  Stuff it. Brian Williams is a former firefighter (2+ / 0-)
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    red clay dem, Gracian

    and grew up in Elmira, NY -- one of the more blue collar towns in the NE.  Actually, he wasn't much of anything well into adulthood, dropping out of college, etc, by his own reckoning, until he met his wife who believed in his silly dreams of getting into journalism and stayed with him as he embarked in that career by first being a weatherman at a local Pittsburg KS station.

    Learn a thing or two before you spout your blowhole about stuff you don't know.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect -- Mark Twain.

    by dcrolg on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 06:17:33 AM PDT

  •  I am willing to accept that it was frightening (0+ / 0-)

    to some in NYC - but I can't quite get how this has been sooo overblown.  We have people loosing jobs every day, the collapse of our financial system, the horrors of torture, 2 wars, maybe the loss of 1 or 2 of the big 3 auto makers and the numerous jobs that will be permanently gone...

    And what have the msm pundits spent time on? a fly over nyc that lasted how long and the lasting damage is?  It is over - unemployment has not increased nor have we gone further in debt or has our world standing has changed (except that we know how to whine).

    Please channel the anger and righteousness on something that really need to change or can be fixed.  Please.

    But I guess with all going on the in the world it was a slow news day.

    sigh

    'When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.' John Muir

    by mollyk on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 07:06:33 AM PDT

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