Brian Williams, Meet Cameron Todd Willingham

Pretty much everyone seems to have waken up this morning still aghast at the wild applause Rick Perry got last night for his boast about the number of people he has executed.

It is disgusting.

But Brian Williams, who otherwise did a decent job as moderator, failed miserably here. How do you ask this question and not mention Cameron Todd Willingham?

Not only did Governor Perry deny Willingham’s appeal for clemency even though an expert arson investigator had rebutted all the solid evidence in the case, Perry fired investigators who were about to provide Willingham’s innocence.

Perry killed an innocent man and then engaged in a cover-up to hide that fact. The story of Cameron Todd Willingham deserves to be a central issue in Perry’s campaign.

Yet Williams–even while he exposed Republicans as blood-thirsty kooks–failed to even mention Willingham’s name.

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bmaz @ryanlcooper @zunguzungu Not to take anything away from Lewis, who is a personal to me, and national, hero, but think his statement dubious.
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bmaz @ryanlcooper @zunguzungu Think Aaron is right about that. Lewis did conflate truly different times.
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JimWhiteGNV Hmmm. Maybe folks in Pakistan who got misguided Hellfires can send some back... https://t.co/w9ni8Ow6E7
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bmaz @BlanksSlate + @DLind March 1 is opening day of spring training here in Cactus League. Just noting. For calendar purposes only, of course.
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JimWhiteGNV Latest from @NBCNews: Beard scat found all over Syria.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @cmagill: Bears respond to #Daesh shaving https://t.co/9mGoN1hzqA
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JimWhiteGNV Does a beard shit in the woods?
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JimWhiteGNV Does a bear shave in the woods?
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bmaz @YeaYouRite @ryanlcooper Which, frankly, would have been totally acceptable. But Lewis instead flavored his comment into intra party attack.
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bmaz @YeaYouRite @ryanlcooper Well, or even "I never met him personally, but there were so many and I am not going to attack his bonafides here".
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bmaz @ryanlcooper Yeah, maybe fair. Thing is, this is a different climate. Don't tell me Lewis didn't know after SC in 2008.
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bmaz This is great, and why, relative party politics aside, I have and do follow @tomwatson https://t.co/dYKgWNNhRm
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