Oh, come on. Williams may want to, but he’s not bowing. I nod at people like this, too, when shaking their hands. It’s not a subservient thing, just a deferential one. I’ve done it during job interviews, I’ve done it at weddings. Come on.
After all, it’s not the same as what President Barack Obama did before the Saudi king. In that case, Obama went so low as to suggest that he could have been removing a leaf which had settled on his shoe. The image of NBC’s Brian Williams just being a decent guy (regardless of his inner love), circulating now thanks to prominence on the Drudge Report, is a prime example of making a mountain out of a molehill.
Of course, this is merely my opinion. And remember that I have no doubt that Williams would do so if he could, but this looks to me more like a “thank you for an exclusive which will make me millions of dollars come my next contract negotiation” than a “goodnight, Your Highness.” If you want to see a bow, look to what Obama did to the Saudi king. Personally, I’d like to see an example of how Williams parted ways with Obama’s predecessor after a full-day interview before I completely pass judgment.
So, if we’re going to comment about how the mainstream press consistently shines the White House scrotum, that’s fine. But there’s enough real evidence there that we shouldn’t be forced to look for something where there may very well be nothing. I didn’t see Williams’ piece–I wanted to, but missed it–but I can be very certain that it wasn’t too hard-hitting. Let’s talk about how the mainstream press kow-tows to the president and his policy with its everyday conduct, rather than harp upon what may or may not have been overly deferential.