The first (and only) time I met NBC’s Brian Williams, he threatened to send sharks with laser beams attached to their heads after me if I didn’t return his copy of The New York Times.
I needed the newspaper to make a graphic for that night’s edition of “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Somehow, it seemed that Brian Williams was the only person at MSNBC who still subscribed to a print edition of the newspaper. And, of course, the interns who came before me on “Hardball” during the summer of 2001 had borrowed the newspaper and neglected to return it.
Eventually I was allowed to borrow the newspaper. I learned that no one could beat a news anchor’s ability to deadpan.
Since then, I’ve had the chance to meet a surprising number of high-profile pundits and journalists. Read more