NBC anchor: Cameras are the only reason you’re responding, champ

posted at 12:15 pm on June 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Mediaite has an exclusive interview with NBC anchor Brian Williams on the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the administration’s response to the disaster. Steve Krakauer spoke with Williams about both the disaster and the media coverage, which Williams credited with getting Obama to finally start focusing on the disaster. When Obama told the press that the government would be there long after the cameras disappeared, Williams scoffed:

(1:55) Mediaite: You returned to the gulf region this week after about four weeks from the last time you were there.What do you see as one of the biggest changes in the time that you’ve been away?

Williams: It was May 3, I guess, when we arrived last time. I’m compelled by pride to point out I think this is something like our 16th trip to this region as a broadcast. And it seemed so innocent looking back on that trip. We didn’t know – the slick was much smaller, we knew this time bomb was coming, I never dreamed we’d still be talking about an even healthier flow of oil into the water, and I never dreamed that we’d be in Grand Isle, looking out at – I’m looking right now at the water line, a beautiful harbor surrounding by orange plastic booms. It is unbelievable to behold once you’re here.

(5:36) Mediaite: How do you look at the media now and what they can do about this tragedy?

Williams: …The night the rig exploded I went on the air, it was our lead story. I asked the question, ‘is this going to lead to one of the most catastrophic events of all time where the environment is concerned?’ I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be there for you. That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests – government, BP – to kick this into another gear. With all due respect, the President might have had his scenario off by 180 degrees. So we’ll keep coming back here, we won’t take our eyes off this region, we haven’t since we knew we had a Category 5 storm off the coastline five years ago.

I’m normally not inclined to say this, but the NBC anchor has this exactly right. As the OOTD timeline from this morning showed, Obama has been only occasionally engaged on the spill — and hardly at all until his press conference last week. His little sojourn on the shore was entirely for the benefit of the cameras that Obama dismissed in this claim. Without the national media training their gaze on the disaster and the botched response, Obama would be playing golf — er, playing golf more.

Krakauer says, “When you’ve lost BriWi …” I don’t know if Obama has lost Williams, who bowed to Obama last year during an interview. At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.

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At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.
Yeah…now he curtsies.

But Brian’s cheeky report does inspire me to wonder — if it is easy for conservatives to hold the out-of-step-media-liberals in complete contempt, then why does O’Baama so despise them while they line up rub the magic lamp and wonder at his glory and world class temperament?

And make no mistake — he holds them in contempt.

Jaibones on June 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Good catch. Obowma holds the press in contempt not for who they are. He holds them in contempt for what they represent, no matter how poorly. They represent the First Amendment. That is what he hates.

HomeoftheBrave on June 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM
I dunno man, I see alot of liberal disillusionment going on. If we play it right, we could be in the middle of something big in terms of American political awakening. It’s our moment to loose, and there’s to rue.

abobo on June 3, 2010

If anything, they are disillusioned that he hasn’t pushed even harder to the left given the likelihood that his chances to do so may end this November.

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Do these folks who want no drilling for oil realize how many products are made from oil? It is things you don’t even realize – cosmetics, for one. Rush recommended a special once on National Geographis that showed how many products that we use on a daily basis made from oil. Loved Sarah Palin’s facebook takedown of the environmentalists yesterday where she placed the blame on them for this disaster. And yet, they’re calling the shots down there now and not allowing certain things to be done that would help. How does this small group of kooks have this much power? To keep the U. S. from drilling for oil and where we can do it! It boggles my mind. Then nowadays everything is boggling my mind.

silvernana on June 3, 2010 at 3:19 PM

given the likelihood that his chances to do so may end this November.

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

J_Crater on June 3, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Overheard in a Starbucks, sometime in April 2011:

Coffeeholic #1: “Hey, whatever happended to..uh…what’s his name…..ummm….the guy who lives in the White House?”

Coffeeholic #2: “Who?”

BobMbx on June 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM

The ding dong AKA as the Nothing But Communism anchor also stated that Louisianians have lost their right to a livelihood.

Speakup on June 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM

And I need to pay attention to a guy who reads a teleprompter and gets expensive haircuts why? The only journalist left is Glenn Beck, and he’s not even a journalist. Hannity was right when he said journalism died in 2008. They are nothing but cheerleaders for the Communists in the White House.

adamsmith on June 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Is it too late to send cameras to Nashville?

James on June 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Is it too late to send cameras to Nashville?

James on June 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Good one, James!

lovingmyUSA on June 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM