NBC’s Brian Williams: A “Democret” Since He Was 7 Years Old?

<img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="/media/2005-12-08-NBCTDAYBWletter.jpg" />It’s long been known that <i>NBC Nightly News</i> anchor Brian Williams dropped out of the George Washington University in 1979 to intern in the Carter White House’s correspondence office sorting letters. But in the 7:30 half hour of Thursday’s <i>Today</i> we learned that 13 years earlier, in a 1966 letter to President Lyndon Johnson, he had proclaimed his commitment to the “Democret” party. Williams came aboard the <i>Today</i> show to plug a National Geographic book for which he wrote an introduction, <a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemI... Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives</a>. As viewers saw Williams’ 1966 handwritten letter to Johnson, Lauer noted how the seven-year-old Williams “signed off the letter ‘one of your young Democrets,' not Democrats.&quot; Williams quipped: “You know, I was a young sycophant is what I was. And yeah, we've done Democrets. I think that's a chewing gum product. We've looked it up. It is no political party and for a registered independent it's now very embarrassing.&quot; Lauer razzed him: &quot;Independart, you mean.&quot; Williams replied: &quot;Oh, very funny.&quot; (Full text of the letter follows.)<br /><br />MSNBC.com has posted <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/TVNews/Today%20show/PDF/MrPre... PDF of Williams’ introduction to the book</a>, which features a child-age picture of him. He wrote that his “Democret” sign-off “would later become something of an embarrassment for a journalist who is an avowed and registered Independent.”<br /><br />The full text of the November 25, 1966 hand-written letter from the seven-year-old Brian Williams of Elmira, New York:<br /><blockquote>“Dear Mr. President:<br /><br />“I hope that the men in Vait Nam are doing well! Do they do this ever day? How are you felling? I hope your are felling good! I’am 7 and 1/2 years old!<br /><br />“And I like you! I have not ben in the White house before but I will some time. I live in new york stat in Elmira! I want to visit you!<br /><br />“One of you’r young Democrets Brian Williams <br />“927 W. Church St.<br />“Elmira, N.Y. 14905&quot; </blockquote>

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center