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NBC’s Williams apologizes after Obama-Ford mix-up (Both look the same to Brian)
The Hill ^ | 2/7/06 | Jeff Dufour

Posted on 02/08/2006 5:35:49 AM PST by frankjr

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams told The Hill that he wrote Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) letters of apology last week after he confused the two men at the State of the Union address.

During NBC’s broadcast, Williams noticed Obama on the House floor and identified him to the viewing audience. Unfortunately, it was actually Ford.

“I made a silly and honest mistake, and knowing both men I knew instantly what I had done,” a contrite and gracious Williams said in a phone call. “I obviously should have corrected it, but the proper time never arose.”

Williams isn’t alone. Rewind to last’s year’s State of the Union. Another reporter asked Obama’s office why he hugged the president. Again, it was Ford.

People mix them up plenty, even though the Capitol Rotunda separates the two men on most workdays. And “they don’t look that much alike,” one Senate staffer said. That they get confused at all is “pretty amazing,” one House aide lamented.

Neither Ford nor Obama’s offices would comment.

The two lawmakers are good friends, and Ford even campaigned for Obama in 2004.

If Ford is successful in getting himself elected to the Senate this fall, the mix-ups may deepen.


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1 posted on 02/08/2006 5:35:52 AM PST by frankjr
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To: frankjr

Easy to get them confused - they're both socialists!


2 posted on 02/08/2006 5:37:41 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: frankjr

I don't think they look anything alike. Curious.


3 posted on 02/08/2006 5:37:46 AM PST by twigs
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To: frankjr

Can you imagine if someone on Fox had done the same thing? The MSM would be hammering them!


4 posted on 02/08/2006 5:38:37 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: frankjr


Hmmmmm. Now if Brit had done this.....


5 posted on 02/08/2006 5:38:52 AM PST by onyx
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To: frankjr

If this happens to Carl Cameron or Tony Snow, they would've been called racist.


6 posted on 02/08/2006 5:39:12 AM PST by paudio
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To: frankjr

I heard congress was a Republician plantation. I guess not.


7 posted on 02/08/2006 5:39:53 AM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: Rummyfan
Easy to get them confused - they're both socialists!

Agreed. I would confuse them with Hillary even.

8 posted on 02/08/2006 5:40:25 AM PST by smith288 (The older I get, the dumber I become as im wise enough to acknowledge how much more there is to know)
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To: frankjr

For the record, Harold Ford jr is the scion of the Memphis Ford family of political crooks. His relatives are currently being kicked out of the Tennessee State Senate in droves.

He is running for US Senate but everybody knows he is crooked as a snake and his oily manner is just an act.

There will not be enough dead people to make him the winner.


9 posted on 02/08/2006 5:40:31 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: frankjr

An apology is not enough. Williams was making a claim that black people all look alike. He should resign! Fight fire with fire!


10 posted on 02/08/2006 5:40:42 AM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: frankjr
Did he write letters of apology when he mixed up these two?


11 posted on 02/08/2006 5:40:53 AM PST by The G Man (The Red States ... the world's only hope for survival.)
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To: frankjr

All liberals look the same


12 posted on 02/08/2006 5:41:19 AM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Rummyfan

Exactly!


13 posted on 02/08/2006 5:41:35 AM PST by davisfh
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To: frankjr

Programs! Programs! Get your programs here!


14 posted on 02/08/2006 5:42:49 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: The G Man
Did he write letters of apology when he mixed up these two?

Certainly no apology needed for THAT!

15 posted on 02/08/2006 5:44:54 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Bushbacker1

Brian Williams engaging in a little Racial Profiling? Eh?


16 posted on 02/08/2006 5:45:09 AM PST by Galtoid ( .)
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To: frankjr
Gee Brian, what's your problem?

Huh, what's that? 'They' all look alike. Oh, okay.

(The again - I guess 'they' would all 'look alike' when your little world consists solely of Manhattan cocktail parties)

17 posted on 02/08/2006 5:47:49 AM PST by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: frankjr

18 posted on 02/08/2006 5:52:20 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Rummyfan
Easy to get them confused - they're both socialists!

You owe me for a new monitor and keyboard. Mine are covered in coffee now.

19 posted on 02/08/2006 5:53:17 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: frankjr

Can you imagine what would happen if Williams was covering a SeaWorld event and the Swimmer was there with Shamu?


20 posted on 02/08/2006 5:58:31 AM PST by Toespi
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To: bert

Ford was weaned on corruption, cut his teeth on kickbacks and learned to walk on bribery. He tries to make everyone believe that he isn't like his crroked family, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


21 posted on 02/08/2006 5:58:37 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: twigs

Let's put it this way...

If (God forbid) one became President, and the other gave up politics for an acting career. And Hollywood made a TV movie about the President, and cast the actor to play him...

People would say the choice of casting was obvious, but no-one would be fooled that it was the real President.


22 posted on 02/08/2006 6:02:21 AM PST by dangus
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To: Wasanother

Oh please, he made an honest mistake and apologized. He never said that all black people look alike, that was added by the original poster of the thread. Considering that it also states the mistake is made by other reporters, I personally think the added text was unnecessary, people should use original titles and not add such inflammatory rhetoric.


23 posted on 02/08/2006 6:11:37 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: frankjr

I think it would be easy to get confused. I often confuse Hillary with a Senator.


24 posted on 02/08/2006 6:18:12 AM PST by patj
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To: ravingnutter

"He never said that all black people look alike, that was added by the original poster of the thread."

Dear nut -
Obviously Williams confused the two because they looked the same to him (for whatever reason). I never said he said all black people look alike.
Boo hoo.


25 posted on 02/08/2006 6:28:04 AM PST by frankjr
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To: frankjr

Ford looks like Derek Jeter.


26 posted on 02/08/2006 6:29:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: twigs

Obama's ears stick out like a car with its doors open... I would find them hard to confuse.


27 posted on 02/08/2006 6:32:49 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: frankjr

Methinks Brian doth protest too much.


28 posted on 02/08/2006 6:40:20 AM PST by Savage Beast ("Democrats are rumbling toward the November elections as the American Al Qaeda Party." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: frankjr
Can you imagine the HATRED that would be directed by Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, or any of the MSM darlings if a Republican had done this??

I can.

29 posted on 02/08/2006 6:40:31 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: frankjr

They look alike to me.


30 posted on 02/08/2006 6:40:46 AM PST by altura
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To: ravingnutter

If the criticism weren't so biased against conservatives who make mistakes or slips of the tongue, I'd agree. But the idiotic press really likes to rip to shreds Republicans who have gaffes, as if it is revealing of their "inner thoughts", but when a liberal does it, it is a "simple mistake".


31 posted on 02/08/2006 6:42:39 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: twigs

Neither of them look a thing like Rayfield Wright, but they have a certain resemblance. At least from those pictures. I'm not really familiar with how Ford looks in person.


32 posted on 02/08/2006 6:43:25 AM PST by altura
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To: paudio
"If this happens to Carl Cameron or Tony Snow, they would've been called racist."

That would never happen. Carl and Tony don't look anything alike. ;-)

33 posted on 02/08/2006 6:47:29 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: frankjr

Well apparently a few people misconstrued the comments you added and stated so. A comment like that can be interpreted as such, and while I really don't understand your point in adding it, I'll chalk it up to an honest mistake on your part for not realizing that it could have been interpreted as inflammatory.


34 posted on 02/08/2006 6:50:45 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter
How many "corrections" do Conservatives get when the MSM make against us? Here's the answer 0 not even on Rathergate!
35 posted on 02/08/2006 7:23:56 AM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: dangus

Reminds me of that movie, "Dave."


36 posted on 02/08/2006 7:54:56 AM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: Wasanother

I know, but I don't think Williams meant anything by it, it was not intentional and he immediately realized his own mistake and apologized, that's better than most Dems would do. For doing the right thing, I will give him a break, just this once : )


37 posted on 02/08/2006 7:58:33 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter
I know, but I don't think Williams meant anything by it,

True, but it certainly is appropriate to point out that the MSM et al would be treating it a whole lot differently if it had been Rush.

38 posted on 02/08/2006 8:00:44 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: The G Man

Great post


39 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:18 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: The G Man

Great post


40 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:22 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: frankjr; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Blood of Tyrants; GailA; JohnnyZ; Kuksool; Clemenza

How could he get these two confused ? One is a Stepinfetchit fundraiser for a Klansman, and the other is a White guy.


41 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:45 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: ravingnutter

I will give them a break when they get on National TV and admit that they have been pushing the liberal agenda with lies and distortions against conservatives. If they did this then at least some confused people would have the educated choice of what stations they watch.


42 posted on 02/08/2006 8:06:00 AM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: frankjr

Nowadays, passing for black is all the rage.


43 posted on 02/08/2006 8:09:50 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: frankjr

They are both just pawns of the Dimocrat party, so what does it really matter? I have trouble telling the difference between Kennedy, Leahy, etc.


44 posted on 02/08/2006 8:10:29 AM PST by Thom Pain (Supporting the Constitution is NOT right wing. It is centrist.)
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To: Rummyfan

We all look alike.


45 posted on 02/08/2006 8:10:41 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: frankjr

That's Derek Jeter on the left.


46 posted on 02/08/2006 8:11:31 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: frankjr

Funny, they don't look Druish!


47 posted on 02/08/2006 8:24:21 AM PST by winner3000
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To: Wasanother

I say give them enough rope and let them hang themselves, then they can't blame it on the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, LOL! The rabid rants of Rather and the NY Times are a good example, they only make themselves look like fools. Rather is off the air and the NY Times circulation has hit rock bottom and they are about to be prosecuted for the NSA leak. Sometimes when your enemy is shooting himself in the foot, it is best to just stand there and smile : )


48 posted on 02/08/2006 8:33:04 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: fieldmarshaldj
How could he get these two confused ? One is a Stepinfetchit fundraiser for a Klansman, and the other is a White guy.

I thought Stepinfetchit and white guy were both Obama?

49 posted on 02/08/2006 9:01:20 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj

Naw, Ford is the white guy, Obama is the Hawaiian guy.

This incident reminds me of the funniest thread in the history of FR, about the AP article in which they printed a picture of a random black guy and claimed it was Obama. Unfortunately, some of the pictures posed by FReepers have little red exes now, but the thread is still funny over a year later: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1278458/posts


50 posted on 02/08/2006 9:28:39 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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