I really don’t understand what is going on with broadcast news anymore and I don’t know that I ever will again. Apparently, there are still people left in this big wide world that sit down on a couch or chair and watch the news on a television set instead of Quibi-ing it like a lot of us these days (that’s taking quick bites here and there, getting overwhelmed and coming away with a nuanced, full understanding of absolutely nothing before filing for Chapter 2 intellectual bankruptcy). However, a clip that’s going around of Allison Williams’ dad, veteran MSNBC newscaster Brian Williams, trolling Donald Trump live on air by “accidentally” playing the “you had me at hello” clip from Jerry McGuire tells me that the entire media landscape is now one never-ending clown show.
Huffington Post reports that during a segment on his show The 11th Hour, Brian was reporting on a meeting at Mar-a-Lago between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and former president Donald Trump. McCarthy apparently met with Trump to kiss his ass in the hopes of re-winning his favor after having said that “the president bears responsibility” for the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Brian, stone-faced and deadly serious, told his guests, writer/comedian Baratunde Thurston and conservative pundit Bill Kristol, that he was about to play “the first exclusive video out of this meeting.” Here’s the bit. TW: Tom Cruise Extreme Closeup.
— Doremus Jessup (@itdidhappenhere) January 29, 2021
So MSNBC is doing satire now? Don’t get yourself suspended again, Brian! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry so I’ll go with my default emotion these days which is barely contained hysteria with a side of lobotomized frontal lobe. Ha? Ha? Ha? But I will say that Brian’s delivery was so devastatingly dry I had to reapply my morning Aveeno. I have to admit, I enjoyed his performance immensely even though I still blame him, albeit indirectly, for Peter Pan Live.
Pic: MSNBC via Twitter