- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

That was one awkward moment for cable news channel MSNBC and anchor Brian Williams during their coverage of Donald Trump’s speech Wednesday attacking the record of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in New York.

At one point, Mr. Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, lit into Mrs. Clinton for claiming to have come under fire during a visit to Bosnia in the mid-1990s, when video from the then-first lady’s visit showed her being welcomed with flowers at the airport.

Mr. Trump noted that Mr. Williams had seen his own career “totally destroyed” for his own misrepresentations of the dangers he faced covering the Iraq war. The former anchor of NBC’s evening news broadcast was required to take a six-month leave of absence by the network in early 2015, and he has since become a reporter and mid-day host of the NBC’s news cable outlet.

Mr. Trump said Mrs. Clinton deserved far worse for her Bosnia comments.

Mr. Williams did not mention Mr. Trump’s shout-out when he came on immediately after the speech ended, simply introducing other MSNBC reporters to analyze the speech.

• David R. Sands can be reached at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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