What the hell was Brian Williams thinking?
MSNBC’s Brian Williams came under fire Friday for coming up with another broadcast “beauty” during his coverage of the US strike on Syria.
Williams – who was famously bounced from his NBC gig for fabricating stories – was apparently mesmerized by the sight of cruise missiles blazing through the night sky.
“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two UN Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams told his viewers on “The 11th Hour.”
“I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons,’” he added. “They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them what is a brief flight over to this airfield.”
He then asked his guest, “What did they hit?”
The talking head was quoting from “First We Take Manhattan,” Cohen’s song from 1987:
“I’m guided by a signal in the heavens
I’m guided by this birthmark on my skin
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.”
The musician, who died in November at age 82, had described the work in 1988 as “a response to terrorism. There’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired.
“The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive. I don’t like it when it’s manifested on the physical plane – I don’t really enjoy the terrorist activities – but Psychic Terrorism,” he said.
The breaking news anchor was lambasted online for his choice of words – with Twitter users harking back to when he claimed had had been aboard a chopper struck by an RPG during the Gulf War in 2003.