For example, Lauer began: "In recent speeches, you and Vice President Cheney and Secretary Rumsfeld have seemed to indicate that people who are critics of your policy in Iraq are in some ways trying to appease terrorists. Do you know of any Democrats that, in your opinion, are trying to or would like to appease terrorists?"
In the last few weeks, Obama has jetted around the country insisting that the Republicans aren't willing to put the good of the country ahead of their need to win politically. He's going from city to city questioning their patriotism. But Brian Williams and all his fellow servants in the hope and change brigade have no problem with that, and don't ask about it.
Instead -- and this is where the jaws should drop --Williams chose to inquire about why the Republicans couldn't be statesmen like Obama on the debt-ceiling debate. Ask yourself on which planet does Williams think the following kind of question to Obama matches the way he "moderated" the GOP debate:
"All of this, of course, is if you get what you want in a highly toxic atmosphere, and it sure looked to me from the outside like you went into the debt-ceiling fight thinking, 'Surely they will do the statesmanlike thing. Surely they won't go there.' And it seemed to me as if Speaker Boehner was coming to you, saying, 'Look, if it were up to me we would do this, but I've got this membership problem.' And they went there, and now that marks our politics."
Move over, Jay Carney. Obama is auditioning press secretaries on the most popular nightly newscast in America.
Let's turn that hopelessly obsequious softball around on Williams. The viewer, after watching Williams swinging a baseball bat at Republican heads on MSNBC, could say, "Surely, Brian will do the hard-hitting fair-and-balanced anchorman thing. Surely, he won't go there, prostrate at Obama's feet. But he went there, and now that marks our journalism."