This could go down as the most egregious example of an MSM “anchor” groveling at the feet of a liberal activist . . . During MSNBC’s coverage of the opening night of the Republican convention, Tavis Smiley complained that, unlike cop killers, “killer cops” are not called “vicious and despicable and cowardly and reprehensible.”

Brian Williams immediately piped up: “Tavis, if I appointed you president and you still refused to run we would have to appoint you.” I’m guessing Williams meant to say “if I nominated you for president you and you refused to run we would have to appoint you.” But in his obsequious excitement, poor Brian stumbled on his words. But we get it, Williams: there’s nobody you’d rather see as president, even if it means overturning democracy and appointing him, than someone willing to call cops “vicious, despicable, cowardly and reprehensible.”

Brian Williams Wants to Appoint Tavis Smiley President from Mark Finkelstein on Vimeo.

TAVIS SMILEY: It’s one thing to call the cop killers, and certainly in Baton Rouge and Dallas, these African-American cop killers, vicious and despicable and cowardly and reprehensible. But we don’t reserve that kind of language for killer cops. And so it’s not either/or, it’s both/and. If all lives matter, then cops have to respect citizens and citizens have to respect cops and we can’t scapegoat a particular set of protesters who are trying to get us to respect, to revel in the humanity of all of our people.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Tavis, if I appointed you president and and if you still refused to run we’re just going to have to appoint you.