Skip to comments.NBC’s Williams apologizes after Obama-Ford mix-up (Both look the same to Brian)
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 NBCs 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 isnt alone. Rewind to lasts years State of the Union. Another reporter asked Obamas 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 dont look that much alike, one Senate staffer said. That they get confused at all is pretty amazing, one House aide lamented.
Neither Ford nor Obamas 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.
Easy to get them confused - they're both socialists!
I don't think they look anything alike. Curious.
Can you imagine if someone on Fox had done the same thing? The MSM would be hammering them!
Hmmmmm. Now if Brit had done this.....
If this happens to Carl Cameron or Tony Snow, they would've been called racist.
I heard congress was a Republician plantation. I guess not.
Agreed. I would confuse them with Hillary even.
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.
An apology is not enough. Williams was making a claim that black people all look alike. He should resign! Fight fire with fire!
All liberals look the same
Programs! Programs! Get your programs here!
Certainly no apology needed for THAT!
Brian Williams engaging in a little Racial Profiling? Eh?
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)
You owe me for a new monitor and keyboard. Mine are covered in coffee now.
Can you imagine what would happen if Williams was covering a SeaWorld event and the Swimmer was there with Shamu?
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.
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.
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.
I think it would be easy to get confused. I often confuse Hillary with a Senator.
"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.
Ford looks like Derek Jeter.
Obama's ears stick out like a car with its doors open... I would find them hard to confuse.
Methinks Brian doth protest too much.
They look alike to me.
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".
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.
That would never happen. Carl and Tony don't look anything alike. ;-)
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.
Reminds me of that movie, "Dave."
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 : )
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.
How could he get these two confused ? One is a Stepinfetchit fundraiser for a Klansman, and the other is a White guy.
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.
Nowadays, passing for black is all the rage.
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.
We all look alike.
That's Derek Jeter on the left.
Funny, they don't look Druish!
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 : )
I thought Stepinfetchit and white guy were both Obama?
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