NBC's Brian Williams: "Our Job Is To Scare People To Death" Over North Korea

On Tuesday night MSNBC's Brian Williams bluntly told his panel on the channel's flagship prime time program, The 11th Hour, that "our job tonight actually is scare people to death" over North Korea. The remarks came in the midst of a vigorous discussion which included Andrea Mitchell giving a detailed description of what the potential death toll on the Korean peninsula might be should a ballistic missile exchange occur. The panel also included MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance, to which Williams' remarks were specifically directed.

Williams begins his revealing comment at the 2:00 mark.

In response to Williams' unexpected and very revealing comment, Mitchell appeared to shake her head, though it's unclear if she was approving or disapproving of what he actually said - there was no push back by the panelists or attempt to seek clarification on Williams' words.

Though the world is currently witnessing a dangerous and escalating war of words between President Trump and the so-called hermit kingdom, mainstream media reporting has long been driven by simplistic fear mongering concerning the geopolitical dynamics driving tensions in the region. The American public is generally woefully uneducated regarding to history of US-North Korean tensions and war.

Brian Williams:
"our job tonight actually is scare people to death on this subject".

According to the 20th century theologian and political commentator Reinhold Niebuhr, fear is a prime means which leading public institutions and elites utilize to keep the masses loyal. Fear and sensationalized coverage is also good for ratings and advertising revenue. Niebuhr says society's "myth-makers" - an apt description of today's major corporate media - constantly give us mere illusions divorced from truth:

Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep the ordinary person on course.

While the media's job ought to be the at all costs investigative uncovering of truth and accurate analysis in its role as the Fourth Estate, Brian Williams apparently thinks it's his and NBC's job to induce constant fear in the public. He openly stated just that.

Last April, Williams was widely mocked on social media for his comments in response to Trump's bombing Syria. Responding to a Pentagon video which showed US cruise missiles being launched on an airfield in Syria, he said live on MSNBC that he found himself “tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.”


macholatte Xibalba Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:56 Permalink

 Since we now know that MSNBC intends to kill some of its viewers:1.  Is MSNBC guilty of attempted murder or aggravated assault?2.  If MSNBC actually did scare someone to death would they be guilty of manslaughter or murder?3.  Would the entire staff of MSNBC go to jail?4.  Is Bryan Williams a vegetarian?5.  What did Obama know and when did he know it?6.  Has anybody seen my car keys? 

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cheeseheader FreeShitter Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:25 Permalink

Correct.  Kim's job is the exact same thing--to his population.   All Kim's speeches/quotes/phraseology made in public, to his public, imo are considered for his people's consumption only.  The rest of the world takes these sayings and pretends he makes them to all of us. He is no real threat to you and I.  But Bri-Bri has a bigger megaphone than do I.

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The Wizard cheeseheader Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

How come no one is bringing up the question of getting the hell out of their government. If the pip squeak wants to talk a big show, let him. It is time to understand what the founders promoted, protect the home base and don't meddle in a foreign nations business. If a foreign nation wishes to trade and get along with America's identity, treat them as a friend.The US justified bombing Hiroshima as a military base.What Williams' forgot to add to his comment was "so we can divert you from the financial catastrophe hanging over our heads"

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Buck Johnson hedgeless_horseman Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:28 Permalink

And that is why our media is a propaganda mill for the govt. and elite to push their agenda. They know Russia won't take the bait and the US is split if they truly want to push them to the point of war that isn't controllable.  But they know that NK can be provoked into at least doing something drastic and they know they have a one shot nuke capability if they use it.  But if they can goad them into doing something they have their reason for the market to have it's plug pulled and blame it on NK and also have that war they want.  

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