Williams engaged in some hysterical irony regarding the infamous Iraq War lie when, while touting the news media’s placement at number three, he complained that “these institutions like The Times and The Post, like NBC News and MSNBC, have to make it through the other end” despite being “[u]nder constant fire.”
Predictably, the pair praised the media’s decision to awake from an eight-year slumber and, fairly or unfairly, doggedly investigate the White House and its political allies.
Here’s a portion of their discussion:
WILLIAMS: Covering this administration has sparked an entire industry.
WALLACE: It's also created some of our best TV friends.
WALLACE: These people are family to us because we rely on not just their scoops, which come at a pace that — it's dizzying, but they’ve also become our storytellers of this presidency.
WALLACE: Not to take anything away from our investigative unit which breaks stories all the time, but to cover such a disruptive period in politics, whether it was a Democrat or a Republican, it takes a village. So, what we get do is showcase all the journalism.
“I mean, they are competitive, I'm sure, but there is a camaraderie to covering not just Donald Trump and the unconventional ways that he has turned the presidency on its head, but covering this moment. You just think of all of the people sort of bringing us these stories day after day after day. It's an embarrassment of riches,” Wallace stated.
After excitedly promoting the upcoming movie about the Pentagon Papers and The Washington Post, Wallace argued that the film “goes to this point about what we are living through” and “[t]he idea that the media was a check at these pivotal points in our history is an important inflection point.”
Sure, just like how the late Ben Bradlee was close with John F. Kennedy and thus didn’t offer breathless coverage on Kennedy’s lewd personal problems. Same goes for the liberal media’s worship of Barack Obama, but what do I know?