Been There, Done That, Shorted Out The Laptop
By Ed Driscoll · November 30, 2004 06:55 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
Brian Williams, the heir apparent to Tom Brokaw, praises bloggers to their faces, and then trashes them when talking to fellow members of the legacy media:
Williams, 45, is capable of showing good humor and a dry wit in public. When Time magazine held a lunch to discuss candidates for its person of the year, he exposed a side of his personality that is seldom seen on the air.As Glenn Reynolds writes, "And yet, they're kicking your ass". Meanwhile, John Hinderaker of Power Line adds a personal reminiscence:
I must admit that I expected better from Williams. As many readers will recall, I participated in NBC's election night coverage on Nov. 2. I was at Rockefeller Center with Ana Marie Cox and Joe Trippi, representing the blogosphere. Around 1:00 in the morning, I was walking through a deserted lunch room, returning to our set, when a man approached from the opposite direction, heading toward the men's room. Because he was well dressed and tanned, I took him to be an on-air person. He went out of his way to walk up to me, extended his hand, and introduced himself as Brian Williams. I'd never heard of him, but I said I was John Hinderaker. He said: "I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate what you guys are doing." I thanked him and walked on.Batteries and a Wi-Fi connection make it doable; the problem is waterproofing the keyboard, while still allowing the monitor to be readable.
OK, to be honest, I've never actually blogged from my Jacuzzi. But I have blogged about it--it's amazing what being desperate for material will do to a man when he's facing a deadline...
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