SHOCK: Brian Williams Admits Press Are in a Liberal Bubble, Out of Touch

Friday is The 11th Hour, for about 30 seconds, Brian Williams did something that is rare for him and other journalists to do as he admitted that the national news media live in a liberal bubble, mostly interact with others who are in the same bubble, and are therefore out of touch with a mostly red country.

Williams presented his analysis when he said that Republicans could win the Virginia elections due to a lot of local school issues. You can read the article here. PoliticoWilliams reminded readers of past incidents in which the liberal media were shocked at his diagnosis.

I have always believed we should be more critical of ourselves. The press corps — the people we read and the people we see all day long on cable news — tend to live in blue dots. No fault of their own — it’s where their employers are located. But it helps explain why the press corps largely was shocked at the rise of the Tea Party, shocked at the election of Donald Trump.

The Liberal Former NBC Nightly News anchor then added: “Out beyond the last exit for a Whole Foods, people have been listening to Steve Bannon, and Trumpers have been running for town and city council, and boards of ed, and this is happening in town after town across what is still a very red country.”

After liberal author and frequent guest Baratunde Thurston responded by portraying Republican voters as voting the way they do because they feel fear on racial issues, Williams never got around to proposing that anything be done to deal with the problem he acknowledged exists in journalism.

He was actually displaying multiple cases of the field’s blue-centered bias on his show that night. An earlier segment featured a former Republican who accused Republicans of being fascists. Williams described the GOP’s actions as “killers” and just moments earlier Susan del Percio cheered on Democrats for winning the next election.

MSNBC’s “bizarro” world features disillusioned Republicans that attack their own party, rather than offering balance against Democrats who support liberal views. Del Percio — who was described on screen as a “Republican strategist” — condemned Supreme Court conservatives for not blocking the Texas abortion ban and urged Democrats to run on the issue:

…they (the U.S. Supreme Court) are literally causing so much pain and problems for women today by not putting a stay on that. And these women are confronted with real life problems that are going to cost — affect them for the rest of their lives. Ten days is not soon enough, and we know they’re not going to give a decision after they hear the discussion. 

So, hopefully, the Democrats will use this, among other things, including voting rights, as saying we must fight for the rule of law. It’s that simple. It’s over. Get out on the streets and register voters. This will ensure that the Democrats lose both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate.

Williams uses often the final minutes of his program to focus on a Republican attack that may thrill his liberal audience. Williams will sometimes play entire anti-Republican advertisements.

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The following is a transcription: 

MSNBC’s The 11th Hour featuring Brian Williams

October 22, 2021

Eastern: 11:38

SUSAN DEL PERCIO, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Democrats have never gotten their act together as far as using the courts as a way of voter turnout. That should be enough. If the courts rule against Roe v. Wade, it should make the Women’s March that we have seen look like a picnic and like a small turnout. There should be millions upon millions of women and men calling out that the courts and saying we need to have representation and follow the rule of law.

Every one of the nominees that got confirmed under Trump said, “Yes, precedent is important, and that is what Roe v. Wade is, and I wouldn’t want to overturn it,” basically, without saying the “overturn” part. And here they are, and they are literally causing so much pain and problems for women today by not putting a stay on that. And these women are confronted with real life problems that are going to cost — affect them for the rest of their lives. Ten days is not soon enough, and we know they’re not going to give a decision after they hear the discussion. You can read the rest of this article. hopefully, the Democrats will use this, among other things, including voting rights, as saying we must fight for the rule of law. It’s that simple. It’s over. Get out on the streets and register voters. This will ensure that the Democrats lose both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate.

(…)

Eastern at 11:44

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Baratunde, I want to talk about the Virginia governor’s race as a springboard into a related conversation. The following quote is from Politico. “Glenn Youngkin is betting on parents’ anger with local school boards to help him edge out a victory in the governor’s race against Terry McAuliffe. And if it works, it could be a playbook for Republicans to seize on frustrations over COVID school closures paired with culture war fights over how race is taught in schools and the rights of transgender children to recapture suburban voters, potentially rocketing fights over education to the top of campaigns across the country — across the country.

Baratunde, this is a bigger issue. I have always believed we should be more critical of ourselves. The press corps — the people we read and the people we see all day long on cable news — tend to live in blue dots. No fault of their own — it’s where their employers are located. This helps us understand why. the press corps largely was shocked at the rise of the Tea Party, shocked at the election of Donald Trump.

Out beyond the last exit for a Whole Foods, people have been listening to Steve Bannon, and Trumpers have been running for town and city council, and boards of ed, and this is happening in town after town across what is still a very red country.

BARATUNDE THURSTON: I will just acknowledge your analysis there, Brian. It wasn’t a question. But I will offer some thoughts. I think that a lot of people are afraid. I think people have been sold a path to power through grievance. I think folks are feeling a little lonely and a lot scared when power shifts. It is clear that power is moving. Virginia was the capital of the confederacy, and now they are taking down confederate flags.

The racial composition of the state is changing, as well as the political climate. It is becoming younger. The state has been gaining more brown and other non-white colors. Some people are afraid of this.

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