On Tuesday, MSNBC host Brian Williams stated that it is the media’s responsibility to “scare people to death” as a result of increasing hostility between the United States and North Korea.
After the United Nations placed sanctions on North Korea for its missile tests, the country declared “thousands-fold” retaliation against the United States. Following reports that North Korea acquired the capability to put nuclear warheads on their ballistic missiles, Trump remarked, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” North Korea then threatened to strike Guam where there exists a strategic air force base for the United States.
Williams asked MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell about Trump’s recent threats of unleashing “fire and fury” against North Korea if they continued to provoke the United States.
“There’s pressure,” Mitchell responded. “This could have been a signal to Beijing as well; ‘Listen up, take this seriously.’ It could have been President Trump sending signals in a number of directions.”
Mitched highlighted the fact that Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) condemned Trump’s comments as being counter-productive. Furthermore, she describes the endangerments to South Koreans and Americans living in South Korea if the United States were to preemptively attack North Korea.
Williams then addressed MSNBC commentator Malcolm Nance, “Malcolm, our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject so the talk isn’t as free as it is about a pre-emptive or a surgical military strike.”
“You know that part of the world. The population centers, Andrea and the general [panelist Barry McCaffrey] have talked about, South Korea, the Japanese, and so on and so on,” he continued.
In response, Nance asserted that a preemptive attack on North Korea “is not a viable option.”
First reported by The Blaze.