Two days after the national election on November 6, Brian Williams — anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News — made a peculiar comment during that Thursday’s edition of Rock Center, the network’s prime time news program.
“With the election now over, it is once again safe to talk abut the economy and jobs, Now that it is not a campaign issue, it’s back to reality,” he stated despite the fact that he had regularly discussed the topic during the campaign in a manner that always favored President Obama.
As NewsBusters previously reported, the presidential contest had barely gotten underway in September of 2011 when Williams interviewed Obama and asked the Democratic incumbent when he was going to “channel his inner Harry Truman” and thus energize his base.
Later that month, Williams asked Obama questions from the left about liberal exasperation with the President.
“A lot of African-Americans in this country are getting flat out crushed in this economy,” the anchor noted before fretting over how instead the “D.C. debate is often admittedly about tax cuts for the wealthy.”.
In mid-February, Williams praised the results of the Obama administration’s bailout as part of Detroit’s “comeback.”
After something of a near-death experience, a huge government bailout, and a lot of hard work, General Motors, that thoroughly American brand name, is tonight reporting its largest-ever profit for last year, $7.6 billion.
When the Obama re-election campaign got underway in March, the NBC anchor was quick to get on the Democratic incumbent’s bandwagon: “Game on. The President and Vice President hitting it hard tonight on the campaign trail.”