Williams suggested the newest Tea Party Republicans in Congress weren't real Republicans: "Your job is to run your party, but there is another party in there too. You have this Tea Party caucus that didn't come to Washington with the same values."
This time, Boehner had a good answer. "It's not the Tea Party caucus. It would be more what I would describe as some hardline conservatives who want more. I don't blame them. I want more, too."
Now we arrive at the point where Williams and NBC made colossal fools of themselves.
Williams wanted the political narrative to be painted by ultraliberal Sen. Charles Schumer. "Word has gotten around" that House Republicans held a meeting and showed a motivational movie clip from the Ben Affleck crime movie "The Town," which Williams said "eventually involves hockey masks and baseball bats and tons of bullets." Horrors!
After Schumer declared the Republicans were violent nuts, the NBC cameras turned to Republican whip Kevin McCarthy. Williams pushed him about this press-stopping scandal. McCarthy professed amazement that Schumer would be highlighting a movie clip from a meeting he didn't attend.
He shouldn't be amazed, and Brian Williams would never try to embarrass Democrats by accepting leaks about movie clips from internal party meetings. That partisan double standard defines the Old Media.
For more evidence, see the Williams interview with former speaker Nancy Pelosi. He didn't ask about her grip on her caucus of hardline leftists. He didn't read her headlines from the Washington Times. He asked about whom the (set ital) Republicans (end ital) would hurt. "A liberal member said to me his fear is the poor are gonna get hurt and the rich are gonna get by without harm in this. Is that your fear?"
Pelosi preposterously proclaimed she had the entire country at heart, while the GOP only cared about the super rich: "My concern is for the great middle class and we want to have a resolution of this that is for 100 percent of the American people. Republicans want to have a resolution that is for the two percent."
There were a dozen different ways to respond to that outrageous statement. One was silent assent; guess what option Williams chose.