Denounces them three nights later: As we noted on Wednesday, Brian Williams got waylaid by former CIA Director James Woolsey on Monday evening's 11th Hour.
Woolsey is part of the Trump transition team. He produced a ton of gorilla dust during his solo interview segment with Brian.
Brian wanted to know if Donald J. Trump should stop contradicting the findings of the intelligence community. This was his perfectly sensible opening question to the perfectly ludicrous Woolsey:
WILLIAMS (12/12/16): Director Wooley, is the president-elect wrong to so openly dismiss the findings of his incoming intelligence community?Woolsey proceeded to burn the entire segment with reams of misdirection. He kept saying there was no evidence that the Russians had hacked into any voting machines. As such, he was doggedly denying a claim no one had actually made.
Brian just say there and took it. To see him let Woolsey have his way, you should just click here.
That was Monday night. Three nights later, Brian struck.
Last night, he spoke with Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Midway through the interview, Brian finally pushed back, if a bit imprecisely:
WILLIAMS (12/15/16): Back to Mr. Putin, to the point you made about him. I'm sure you join us in being fascinated at the normalization effort by some this past week, the folks who are going out of their way to give him the benefit of the doubt.Three nights later, Brian was pushing back against Woolsey's talking points. Except he didn't mention Woolsey's name or say what the talking points were.
We've had a former CIA director on this broadcast this week, we've had a Republican senator, both doing the same thing, and very similar talking points. Tell us about the Vladimir Putin you came to know.
He also didn't say what was wrong with the talking points. Most important, he didn't challenge Woolsey's gorilla dust when Woolsey was actually there.
To watch last night's interview with McFaul, just click here.
On Monday night, Williams let Woolsey eat him for lunch. Three nights later, grateful viewers were treated to a vague no-name rebuttal.
Concerning that Republican senator: The senator in question seems to have been Wisconsin's Ron Johnson. He appeared with Brian on Tuesday night.
To watch Johnson push his alleged talking points, you can just click here. That said, we'll have to be honest: to our ear, he didn't sound much like Woolsey.
We'd have to say that Brian's work with these worthies has been a bit weird this week. Maybe he was suffering flashbacks from one of his old firefights.