Published July 15, 2016
Brian Williams’ breaking news broadcast on MSNBC caused some controversy on Thursday night.
When handing off the newscast to “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, Williams said, “We have just plowed over the normal-hour airtime of Chris Matthews tonight because of this confluence of breaking news.”
Some in the Twitterverse were offended by Williams’ word choice, which came after a terror attack in Nice, France, where a truck ran over a crowd gathered for Bastille Day fireworks, killing 84 people.
After huge truck crushes well over100+ people in Nice, Brian Williams just said on air:"we have just plowed over the 8pm hour. #NiceFrance— Judith Lombardi (@JEL317) July 15, 2016
Brian Williams just now on MSNBC: "We have just plowed over the scheduled air time of [the next show].— Silly Sully (lol) (@mikeproper) July 15, 2016
Brian Williams using the word plow to pass over the broadcast😥 #NiceAttack— Jacque Schindele (@Jacque_s_) July 15, 2016
Brian Williams just used the phrase "plow over" on MSNBC are you serious right now— sponchbuster (@divinemadness) July 15, 2016
Brian Williams! Inarticulate & insensitive. He should stick to embellishing.— Matthew D Collin (@mattdcollin) July 15, 2016
Brian Williams with awful slip up. Says we just plowed into Chris Matthews time slot.— Dennis Cartolano (@Solaryellow731) July 15, 2016
It is far from the first time Williams’ has been the subject of Twitter backlash. Earlier this month, he made headlines for comparing President Barack Obama to Richard Pryor.
In 2015, he was suspended from NBC for six months without pay after it was revealed he misrepresented the events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War. He ultimately lost his “NBC Nightly News” hosting gig and has since moved over to MSNBC.