Friday, April 29, 2011

Where It Counts

Obviously, what's going across the southern United States right now is so overwhelmingly tragic that it's really beyond the scope of appropriate description.

With that in mind, it's good to see that NBC Nightly News's Brian Williams -- along with NBC News President Steve Capus, whom I've beat up on more than once here and at the Huffington Post -- made the right decision and didn't allow the network's main anchor to languish overseas covering what's basically fluff at the expense of one of the most important and genuinely affecting stories of the year for this country.

I hate to reference Chris Rock twice in 24 hours, but it could easily be argued that heaping praise on Williams and Capus for the mutual decision that brought Williams back home from the Royal Wedding after having already landed in London is a case of people getting credit for what they're supposed to do.

But I guess these days that's as good as you're gonna get.

NBC made the right choice.

Time: Brian Williams Explains Why He Ditched the Royal Wedding/4.29.11

To help the victims of these storms, by the way, please go here.


Adam said...

I have a fantasy:

It could never possibly happen, but just imagine a White House news conference with the President at the podium: "Oh, so let me get this straight, now you need me to declare a state of emergency in Tuscaloosa? Well, my deluded teabagger friends, here is a taste of what you have been asking for. You don't want big government interference in States' affairs, you got it. I hereby withhold Federal assistance, you are not entitled to personnel, medicine, food, fuel, building supplies, police protection, infrastructure repairs, or temporary housing from FEMA. We need all that for the phantom internment camps you fuckwits are so convinced I'm building. You need emergency financing? Liquidate your retirement savings, hand it over to the robber barons on Wall Street, and hope for the best."

Capt Clown said...

I'm going to have do disagree. Without Brian Williams reporting, I haven't been able to find ANY coverage of the royal wedding whatsoever. You'd think SOMEbody else would cover it.

Anonymous said...

Tuscaloosa is my hometown so the majority of my Facebook friends live there. The posts since the President visited earlier today are mostly complaining that the visit delayed their access to their destroyed homes (today the city opened up some areas that had been closed off for search and rescue efforts). I'm actually surprised at the lack of "political" posts since almost all of them are anti-Obama.
My family is safe and still have their homes but much of the area around where I went to high school is gone. Not just damaged, gone. I live 60 miles away and did not even lose power. I was able to watch a live video feed of a tornado ripping through the heart of the city. I don't have the words to describe how I was feeling.
Thanks for providing the link to the Red Cross.

Anonymous said...

FYI-my husband just got back from Tuscaloosa and one of the first things he said was "I saw Brian Williams"

Marsupialus said...

Now I would never say this, but "some people" have been saying that this terrible disaster is God's punishment on Republicans for trying to destroy the country.