Social media brutally mocks NBC’s disgraced Brian Williams papal coverage – and it’s side-splitting

Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams returned to TV Tuesday after a six-month suspension for making misleading claims about his time covering the Iraq War, and was summarily greeted with a heavy dose of ridicule on social media.

With conservative firebrand Michele Malkin leading the welcoming committee.

The disgraced newsman made his grand return Tuesday afternoon, leading MSNBC’s coverage of the arrival of Pope Francis in the United States.

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Malkin’s post remained true to the day’s theme, and included the hashtag: #BrianWilliamsPopeStories.

As for the theme of the day, the Daily Mail shared an interesting anecdote:

Ironically, Williams’ first story back dealt with the Pope visiting Catholic University – which was remarkably similar to one he told for which he came under fire.

Williams claimed that in 1979 he met Pope John Paul II when he attended an event at Catholic University, but his story changed multiple times of the course of him sharing it with others.

He once said he met Pope John Paul II, and another time he said he was simply in attendance to hear him speak.

Then, after the death of Pope John Paul II, he said in a piece for NBC News; ‘I have to begin with a beautiful day in 1979.’

He continued: ‘I was a student at Catholic University, and over the course of two hours, chatted up a Secret Service agent who spilled like a cup of coffee and told me that the pope would be coming our way, straight up the steps of a side door at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

‘I positioned myself and held out my hand and said, “Welcome to Catholic University, Holy Father.” And he embraced my hand with both of his, made the sign of the cross, and said a blessing to me.’


We may never know if Williams met Pope John Paul II or not, but with Malkin’s urging, social media users offered their take on the newscaster’s return.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter — be sure to set the coffee down!


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