Brian Williams: "Marriage is under attack"

The NBC news anchor echoes one of the most dubious Christian right talking points.


Glenn Greenwald
November 20, 2007 3:37PM (UTC)

(updated below - Update II)

On NBC News last night, Brian Williams declared that we're "in an era when marriage is under attack" (h/t Good As You):



That's a bizarre claim to make in a news broadcast like that. What does Williams mean? In what way is "marriage under attack," and who is doing the attacking?

UPDATE: GOP pollster Frank Luntz previously wrote that "Williams has emerged as the 'go-to network anchor' because of his brains and 'lack of detectable ideological bias.'" Williams is also a confessed admirer of Rush Limbaugh, saying: "I do listen to Rush. I listen to it from a radio in my office, or depending on my day, if I'm in the car, I will listen to Rush" and protesting that "I think Rush has actually yet to get the credit he is due." Williams invited Limbaugh on as a guest several times to the show he hosted prior to becoming anchor and royally referred to Limbaugh as "our friend Rush Limbaugh."

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Here is what Williams gushed on Mission Accomplished Day as he admired the arousing video of George Bush in his flight suit:

And two immutable truths about the president that the Democrats can't change: He's a youthful guy. He looked terrific and full of energy in a flight suit. He is a former pilot, so it's not a foreign art farm -- art form to him. Not all presidents could have pulled this scene off today.

None of this is to say that Williams is concealing some sort of right-wing ideology. But would it ever be possible to compile enough evidence to force an abandonment of that most sacred, petulant and patently false Article of Faith among our right-wing warriors and their media allies -- namely, that our establishment press is a "liberal media" that is hostile to conservatives?

UPDATE II: Brian Williams responds and explains himself. Whatever one's view of his response, it is a positive development that a network news anchor, within less than 24 hours, feels compelled to explain something he said on his news broadcast.


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