Brian Williams is facing heat for waxing poetic about what he described as “beautiful pictures” of over 50 U.S. Tomahawk missiles launching an attack on a Syrian air base Thursday evening.
During “The 11th Hour” on MSNBC, Williams told his viewers that the “beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two UN Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean” tempted him to quote a line from a Leonard Cohen song: “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 this airfield.”
Then Williams asked his guest, “What did they hit?”
Williams went on to quote from “First We Take Manhattan,” Cohen’s song from 1988.
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 song’s musician, Leonard Cohen, even described the track from which Williams’s quoted as an “examination of the mind of an extremist.”
Shortly after his bizarre remarks, social media users lambasted the host for his distasteful choice of words, with many insisting his comments were highly insensitive to the harsh realities of war.
That Brian Williams line on the beauty of the Tomahawk missiles is just awful and utterly vile
— Raymond Miranda (@imbrogliostew) April 7, 2017
— Fusion (@Fusion) April 7, 2017
— Jonathan Beeley (@foreignpolicy77) April 7, 2017
— Zak Forde (@Zakkie815) April 7, 2017
H/T: New York Post
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