Friday, July 01, 2005


Michelle Malkin writes on her Blog.

Tons of readers are e-mailing me about NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments tonight in which he apparently compared the Founding Fathers to modern-day terrorists. The remarks seem to pooh-pooh the story about Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's alleged involvement in the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Williams previewed his argument on his MSNBC blog:

Many Americans woke up to a curious story this morning: several of the former Iran Hostages have decided there is a strong resemblance between Iran's new president and one of their captors more than 25 years ago. The White House and most official branches of government are ducking any substantive comment on this story, and photo analysis is going on at this and other news organizations. It is a story that will be at or near the top of our broadcast and certainly made for a robust debate in our afternoon editorial meeting, when several of us raised the point (I'll leave it to others to decide germaneness) that several U.S. presidents were at minimum revolutionaries, and probably were considered terrorists of their time by the Crown in England.

The Media Research Center is all over this one...




Remote controls flew at TV sets across America last night as NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams came out of an Andrea Mitchell story on whether Iran’s new President was one of the captors of U.S. hostages in 1979 during Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution. Williams suggested a sickening moral equivalence between the Iranian radicals and America’s Founding Fathers. Both, he thought, could be called terrorists:

"Andrea, what would it all matter if proven true? Someone brought up today the first several U.S. presidents were certainly revolutionaries and might have been called terrorists at the time by the British Crown, after all." Mitchell replied: "Indeed, Brian." (Brian Williams worked in the White House during the Carter administration, beginning as a White House intern.)

This is not the first time Williams has mangled a historical analogy. During MSNBC’s live coverage of precision bombing of Baghdad on March 21, 2003, Williams played amateur historian: "That vista on the lower-left looks like Dresden, it looks like some of the firebombing of Japanese cities during World War II." The Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945 destroyed much of that city and killed tens of thousands of civilians.

This is also not the first time NBC has compared American revolutionaries to terrorists. Last November 9, Today co-host Matt Lauer interviewed Lynne Cheney on her children’s book about the Revolutionary War: "Let me talk about this idea that a rag-tag group – not well-fed, not well-clothed, completely under-equipped as compared to this great British army and the Hessians – could accomplish this. And let me ask you to think about what is going on in Iraq today, where the insurgents – not well equipped, smaller in numbers – the greatest army in the world is their opposition. What’s the lesson here?" A shocked Mrs. Cheney replied: "Well, the difference of course is who’s fighting on the side of freedom."

This is also not the first time NBC has tried to ruin Independence Day, although Williams has trumped 2003, when NBC promoted their July 4th edition of Dateline: "They had good jobs, making good money, but now they’ve lost almost everything. An American nightmare: The new homeless. All new Dateline, Friday."

Hear with your own ears HERE.


At 1:06 PM, Blogger boozer2000 said...

Well, we did try and turn Boston harbor into a giant cup of fine English tea, but I don't think anyone got killed durring that "terrorist attack".

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

Mayflower Compact, Magna Charta, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, = the Al Qeda Handbooks? Washington, Jefferson, Hancock, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, et al = UBL and Zarcowi and Atta? Guess the Communist Manifesto will replace the Constitution, and the Quran will replace the Bible. This is beginning to sound like a "Multimedia 'Red Dawn'". Can Swayze save us? Tune in again tomorrow. Wolverines! All kidding aside, the revisionism of the United States is accelerating. Is "Faranheit 451" a forshadowing? What's coming next? "The Lottery"? I heard somewhere before, "If you control the information you control the masses".

At 9:18 AM, Blogger GallopingCow said...

No one should be surprised at the leftist socialist drivel coming from NBC - it's been there all along. If you want to see NBC in full communist mode, just watch the cable news channel equivalent of Air America, MSNBC (both failures). MSNBC spouts such volumes of anti-American and anti-Bush crap, it makes CNN look moderate, and MSNBC's ratings (in the toilet) reflect the public's opinion.

Just remember: CBS doesn't have any exclusive lock on leftist liberal lies and distortions/omissions of the news. NBC and MSNBC are right behind them!

GallopingCow gives this story 2 out of 3 cow patties.


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