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Obama Jokes About Being 'in Bed' with Brian Williams

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Riffing on Brian Williams' special Inside the White House at the Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner Friday night, Obama joked:

"It wasn't easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought."

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Chuck Todd: McCain-Palin Campaign Has Taken Dark Internal Turn

NBC's Brian Williams did an interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin that aired yesterday. You can watch two clips of it here:

Following the interview, Williams and Chuck Todd did some analysis of McCain-Palin, and basically told Chris Matthews that the campaign has become unhinged.

Wiliams_toddSaid Todd: "There's no chemistry - I couldn't see chemistry between John McCain and Sarah Palin. I felt as if we grabbed two people and said, 'Here, sit next to each other. We're going to conduct an interview.' They're not comfortable with each other yet. The other thing about it is, you can tell they know they're losing. There's an intensity there. They're drained. The entire campaign staff is drained. The two candidates seem guarded. They seem on edge. It's not as if they're rude or anything. It's not as if they weren't trying to be forthcoming. It's a negative intensity, I don't know how else to describe it...Is John McCain starting to blame her for things, blaming himself? Is she blaming him?...I can't emphasize enough the odd body language."

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Brian Williams Clarifies "Marriage Under Attack" Statement

NBC Anchor Brian Williams responded on his blog to yesterday's "marriage under attack" controversy.

Brian_williamsWrote Williams: "I was the recipient today of several emails from well-intentioned people, telling me I was being attacked in parts of the blogosphere for something I wrote and said on the air in last night's broadcast. It was a closing piece about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip celebrating their 60th anniversary. I noted this accomplishment, especially in this era when, as I put it, marriage seems 'under attack' as an institution. My meaning? Our national divorce rate, which is currently somewhere between 40 and 50 percent. Others took it upon themselves to decide that I was somehow attacking gay marriage. The simple fact is that nothing could have been further from my mind, as many others easily understood. In fact, one comment shared with me today came from a respected member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, who said, 'It seemed to me he was talking about the sky-high heterosexual divorce rates. Marriage IS under attack -- by straight people. It had nothing to do with the gay marriage movement.'"

While Williams' perspective is certainly understandable, in a time when gays and lesbians are accused of attacking the institution by right-wingers and presidential candidates on a daily basis, anyone can see why there might be confusion about his rhetoric. It was right of him to clarify, but perhaps the perspective of a different segment of the population might enter his thought process the next time the topic comes up.

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Jeremy at Good As You caught this bit from Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News picking up a few right-wing talking points.

Jeremy notes: "...even if the gays are not the specific destructive force to which Williams or his writer are referring in this intro, the hyperbolic idea that this institution is being "attacked" is one that is most often associated with anti-gay marriage campaigns. So at best, this was bad news writing; at worst, it's a prominent journalist and news outlet taking some irresponsible rhetorical bait."

Glenn Greenwald also picked up on Good As You's tip on Salon, and notes: "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 scared, 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?"

Video: Is this NBC News or 'The 700 Club'?! [good as you]


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