Williams is the philosophical progeny of David "we're all liberals" Brinkley, whom the nation watched break into tears on election night 1980 when it became clear that Reagan had trounced Carter. From the 1956 Huntly-Brinkly Report to the 1981 This Week With David Brinkley, Brinkley morphed from a reporter into a political rabble rouser. In his later years, his obvious objective was not to inform the public but to misinform the public with the political pap from the left wing of the Democrat Party.
Days before his retirement from "news" casting, while covering the 1996 election, he expressed (into what he did not realize at the time was an open mike) his disgust for what he perceived as Clinton's lack of commitment to the far left agenda. "The next four years," he said, "will be filled with pretty words, and pretty music, and a lot of goddamn nonsense!"
Brian Williams joined NBC News in 1993, 8 years after Brinkley had switched to ABC and 3 years before Brinkley would retire. And he inherited the anti-republican fervor with which Brinkley had imbued the "news" business. Indeed, Williams not only picked up the torch, he brandished it.
After the July 2012 mass shooting at Aurora Colorado, Williams blatantly displayed his disdain for (or ignorance of?) the United States Constitution, particularly the Second Article of the Bill of Rights, with such inflammatory statements as "People are hurting out there, perhaps they are ready to start a conversation about whether an AR-15 belongs in the hands of a citizen, [or] whether a citizen should be able to buy 6,000 rounds on the internet." And again: "What does it tell you that applications for guns since the shooting are up 41 percent in Colorado, and that our cameras found about 50 people in line at one gun shop yesterday outside Denver?"
What that tells you, Mr. Williams, is that Americans are scared to death of clowns like you who have no concept of the essential structure of a republic, yet have enormous power to influence public opinion within our republic.
But Williams' most egregious misuse of the Aurora tragedy as a mechanism to misinform the public was his collusion with ABC's George Stepinawfulstuff to search Tea Party membership roles until they found a listing for a James Holmes. They then knowingly and maliciously broadcast – on both networks – the lie that the Aurora shooter, James Eagan Holmes, was a Tea Party member.
I am not surprised to hear that Brian Williams has been caught in a web of his own lies. The Misinformation Sausage Mill (MSM) has been cranking out lies since long before Dan Rather's famous machination meltdown. The surprising thing is that more of the MSM's merchants of mendacity have not been called out for their obvious distortions, suppressions, and outright inventions of facts.
I, for one, am not sorry to see Brian Williams go. He will not be missed.