Accuracy in Media

MSNBC’s Brian Williams wasted no time in comparing President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday to President Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973.

Williams was wrapping up a report on the firing with NBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander when he said, “All right, Peter Alexander at the White House. What may become known as the Tuesday afternoon massacre at the FBI.”

That was a direct comparison to former President Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” when independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired in October 1973 while investigating the Watergate scandal. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest of the firing.

The Nixon Library tweeted that there was no similarity between the two events.

“FUN FACT: President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian.”

Also, unlike 1973, there haven’t been any resignations to protest the firing because Comey’s firing was probably inevitable given his shaky performance, which elicited criticism from both sides of the aisle.

It’s not exactly a massacre when there’s only one victim.

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