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Associated Press File PhotoFormer NBC anchor Brian Williams gave an "exclusive" interview to NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer last week about the "torture" he has been under since being suspended by NBC over his previous misstatements.

NBC gets exclusive on its own anchor

NBC, which suspended news anchor Brian Williams in February for exaggerating or saying things that weren't true about what he experienced in reporting the news, reported an "exclusive" last Friday with Williams about the "torture" in which he has gone through the last several months.

Williams, who will return in August as an anchor of breaking news and special reports for the low-rated MSNBC cable news network, told "Today" anchor Matt Lauer in the "exclusive" that the untruths "came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside of me. This was clearly ego driven, the desire to better my role in a story I was already in."

Lauer pressed him on whether he "lied," but the former respected newsman wouldn't take the bait. However, an NBC internal investigation indicated Williams "made a number of inaccurate statements" about his experiences, including about being attacked in a helicopter while in Iraq.

In the drawn-out interview about his misdeeds that occurred on the very network on which he was speaking, he also seemed to be wanting a little credit when he said he told the helicopter story correctly for years before he told it incorrectly.

"Why is it when we are trying to say 'I am sorry' that we can't come out and say, 'I'm sorry,' " Williams said. "Looking back, it is very clear I never intended to [deceive]. It got mixed up. It got turned around in my mind."

Perhaps, he should run for office. He already sounds like a politician.

Rather odd

Disgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather appears to have reached his dotage after remarks he made on "CNN Tonight" to promote the cable news network's episode of "The Seventies" on Watergate.

Rather, who resigned as CBS anchor several months after he reported on forged documents that attempted to smear President George W. Bush during the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, attempted to answer host Don Lemon's question of whether he recalled the Republican Party having so many candidates seeking the nomination before. In doing so, he conflated the Watergate period with the 2016 campaign.

"What happened in the mid-1970s resulted, eventually, in the Republican Party taking a strong turn to the right with the two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan," he said, "and the Republican Party is still struggling, on the one hand, with the success of the Reagan presidencies, which by the way, I would argue, the presidency of George H.W. Bush was the third Reagan term. So, in effect, you had three Reagan terms."

Of course, those knowledgeable about Reagan would dispute the less conservative Bush's term being the third Reagan term, but we digress.

Rather, who also recently said presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio would "score in the high 90s on a dumb test" about the Iraq war, seemed to get his tongue tied in concluding that "the [Republican] party is still struggling with that which is one of the reasons that they have, what, 16 candidates and counting in the race of the primary at the beginning."

Got it?

Spinning straw

A former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of House and Urban Development, who left the Obama administration just this month, reflected his former boss's often unrealistic view of things with a tweet he sent in the wake of the shooting of nine people at a church in Charleston, S.C., last week.

"In October," Brandon Friedman tweeted, using the trending #Charleston hashtag, "Gov. Nikki Haley defended flying the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina statehouse."

Haley had said in a gubernatorial debate that CEOs in the pro-business state had not objected to the flag's presence, which is adjacent to a monument to the state's Civil War dead.

What Haley's decision had to do with Dylann Storm Roof's alleged misdeeds nine months later was lost on the Twitteratti.

"How does this help?" tweeted Dana Loesch of The Blaze. "Are you accusing Nikki Haley? Absolutely classless."

"Unbelievable," said Jennifer M. Smally. And the handle Bug Party pegged it right, concerning Friedman and the Obama administration's often-used tactic, with the remark: "Nice strawman."

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