NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Williams is facing online criticism for waxing poetic about what he called "beautiful pictures" of U.S. missiles launching during an attack on a Syrian air base.
Video released by the military shows Tomahawk missiles targeted for a Syrian airfield launching from the decks of U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday.
During his MSNBC program, The 11th Hour, late Thursday night, Williams said the "beautiful pictures at night" tempted him to quote a line from a Leonard Cohen song: "I am guided by the beauty of our weapons." He went on to call the images "beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments."
Williams was quickly mocked and criticized on Twitter for the remarks, with some users suggesting they were insensitive to the realities of war.
People tuned in for Rachel Maddow and got Get Your War On with Brian Williams. Way to respect those viewers you've been cultivating, @MSNBC.— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 7, 2017
Brian Williams just now:— McBlondeLand (@McBlondeLand) April 7, 2017
"Wow, the beauty of our military weapons. What a sight."@MalcolmNance "Not beautiful for the victims, Brian."
Why is Brian Williams still allowed on air?— James Rogala (@jamesrr1) April 7, 2017
MSNBC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.