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.
Malkin’s post remained true to the day’s theme, and included the hashtag: #BrianWilliamsPopeStories.
#BrianWilliamsPopeStories Did you know he was grazed by the very same bullet that struck Pope John Paul II in 1981 in Vatican Square?
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 22, 2015
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!
— Keith Miller (@KeithMiller_) September 22, 2015
— Jeff Blair (@Jeffreyfblair) September 22, 2015
— F-ing Conservative (@FngConservative) September 23, 2015
@michellemalkin did Brian say it ricocheted off himself first?
— Stephen Bennett (@ScreedofChucky) September 22, 2015
@michellemalkin I heard it was he jumped in the car & drove John Paul II to the hospital.
— ConservEsq (@ConservEsq) September 22, 2015
@michellemalkin The guy that shot Reagan was stalking Brian Williams. Jodie Foster was just clowning.
— Lemon Pi in The Sky (@LemonPiInTheSky) September 22, 2015
Wanted a drink, so I changed some water into a nice Merlot. Francis seemed impressed. #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— kcvinweho (@kcvinweho) September 23, 2015
— Widow Fike (@WidowFike) September 22, 2015
The Pope told me how impressed he was when I walked on water during Katrina. #BrianWilliamspopestories
— John Leonard (@docdepotceo) September 22, 2015
— Eric Wiegmann (@mrwndrflxoxo) September 22, 2015
“In a private phone call I advised him to skip the red shoes” #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Winter (@sheloveswinter) September 22, 2015
#brianwilliamspopestories Brian Williams blows more smoke than the Sistine Chapel when a new pope is selected
— Andrew (@awt14_) September 22, 2015
“I was the inspiration for the movie Pope Fiction” #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Jim Andruchow (@JimmyChowda) September 22, 2015
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