Saturday, July 18, 2009
Old Man Williams
On Friday's Nightly News, this is how Brian Williams introduced a story about the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: "It's so old, its title contains a phrase we don't use anymore." On Jan. 26, this was the headline to Brian's Daily Nightly blog: "OLD MAN RIVER AT OBAMA'S INAUGURATION." (The post referred to Capt. Chesley Sullenberger attending Pres. Obama's inauguration.) The lyrics for the song "Old Man River" (also known as "Ol' Man River") were written by Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1927 play "Showboat". Unfortunately, the song's original lyrics were quite racist and even contain the vile "n" word to describe African-Americans. If Brian is so sensitive to the word "colored" from the NAACP title, why on earth would he use the title of a racist song as the headline for one of his blogs?