Sarcastic Bill Weir on Being a Careful Journalist: 'I've Drastically Scaled Down the Size of My Meth Lab'
Published: 11/16/2010 3:48 PM ET
Nightline co-anchor Bill Weir talked to TV Newser on Tuesday and offered a sarcastic answer to the question of how to be a careful journalist. Weir mocked, "Well, I've drastically scaled down the size of my meth lab."
He joked, "And I no longer tweet, you know, race baiting comments." When asked his impression of reporting from war zones in Iraq or Afghanistan, the ABC anchor fretted, "You know, the one drawback, and I'm not the first to bring it up, is when you're embedded with U.S. forces, you're really only seeing one side of the story."
Weir exclaimed, "thank goodness" for American troops and complimented them for "literally looking out for your life." But, he also complained, "And that's kind of one of the real joys that I find in this job is when the seat belt light goes off in some country you've never been to before and the door opens and there's new smells and new sights and you can really explore at your own pace. That doesn't happen in a war."
(This part of the TV Newser interview appeared on the website, Monday.) Weir also touted his own objectivity, asserting, "It's tempting to take the easy route and either take an ideological tack or squirt seltzer down your pants or do whatever it is to get attention."
This is the same person who, on January 20, 2009, the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, famously proclaimed:
"We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity."
For more on Weir, see the MRC's Profile in Bias.
A partial transcript of the two segments can be found below: