The network is taking sides on this one
It’s amazing at what people can choose to get mad at these days. According to Emily Smith of Page Six, MSNBC has reprimanded Brian Williams for “patronizing” host Rachel Maddow after he thanked her for “visiting” his newscast on the night of the U.S. missile strikes on Syria.
“Thanks for visiting tonight. Glad you were a part of our coverage.”, Williams told Maddow.
Some of her viewers took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction:
@Barbvas tweeted, “Annoyed to hear Brian Williams thanking Rachel Maddow for assisting with coverage — he took over her show!!”
But it wasn’t just Maddow’s viewers who took offense to Williams. In fact, MSNBC president Phil Griffin was reportedly not happy at all with this treatment of the networks most popular figures.
“Phil gave Brian a very stern rebuke, telling him, ‘Don’t you ever do that again.’ But Rachel didn’t seem bothered by it and just laughed it off,” a source told “Page Six”.
The former NBC Nightly News anchor was in charge of MSNBC’s coverage of the U.S. missile strike on Syria on April 6th. His report cut into Maddow’s nightly program “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
A source at the network told Page Six, “Not only did Brian go way over the top with his coverage of the missile strike, he then totally patronized Rachel by thanking her for ‘visiting’ her own show and being ‘a part’ of his ‘beautiful’ coverage! Has he not learned anything from ‘Misremember-gate’?” (Williams was removed from NBC Nightly News after he “misremembered” details of his “encounters” when he covered the Iraq War.)
Do you think this sort of outrage from the network was justified? In your opinion, did he “patronize” her? Comment below with your thoughts.