MSNBC host Brian Williams was called out by some after suggesting Attorney General William Barr may begin to be called “Baghdad Bill Barr” on Thursday.
The name was in reference to Sadam Hussein’s propagandist during the Iraq War which started in 2003. Williams suggested that Barr would have a new nickname due to what the anchor believed was allegedly an attempt to protect President Donald Trump.
“It’s already been mentioned around here, it would harken back to a conflict decades ago,” Williams said. “We would not be surprised if some headline writer somewhere came up somewhere with ‘Baghdad Bill Barr’ for what we saw today.”
However, critics responded to Williams, saying that the comments were ironic coming from the reporter. Williams was suspended for six months in 2015 for embellishing multiple stories.
Read reactions to the comments below:
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) April 19, 2019
“[Brian Williams] failing and falling even more on MSNBC. His ‘deployment’ to Iraq was as trying as [Sen. Richard Blumenthal] in Vietnam,” said commentator David Webb.
— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) April 18, 2019
Scott Whitlock called Williams a “well-known liar.”
So, the Dems made how many hundreds of accusations of collusion with no proof, AG Barr makes several comments – with evidence – that exonerate @realDonaldTrump and now “Embellishment” Brian Williams compares him to Baghdad Bob? Get real!
— Dennis Norwood (@DennisENorwood) April 18, 2019
“So, the Dems made how many hundreds of accusations of collusion with no proof, AG Barr makes several comments – with evidence – that exonerate [Donald Trump] and now ‘Embellishment’ Brian Williams compares him to Baghdad Bob? Get real!” said one conservative user.
Brian Willams on MSNBC likens Barr to “Baghdad Bob” and this comes from a man who was demoted to MSNBC bc he lied about news stories. He’s a disgrace.
— Laura Stolmeier (@stolmeier) April 19, 2019
“Brian Willams on MSNBC likens Barr to ‘Baghdad Bob’ and this comes from a man who was demoted to MSNBC bc he lied about news stories,” said one account. “He’s a disgrace.”
Brian Williams, moron https://t.co/4H4iLNcl2A
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 19, 2019
A Fox News panel also called Williams out for the comments, saying that the media backlash didn’t make sense.
Watch the segment below:
— Sean Langille (@SeanLangille) April 19, 2019
“I’m still trying to get over Brian Williams going the Baghdad Bill Barr route my given why he’s no longer hosting the NBC Nightly News,” said Fox News contributor Guy Benson. “I think that the pile-on that we saw against the attorney general today was a little bit strange to me.”