Brian Williams mocked for 'Baghdad Bob' comparison to AG Barr

Brian Williams mocked for 'Baghdad Bob' comparison to AG Barr

MSNBC’s Brian Williams is coming under criticism from conservatives for saying that headline writers may compare Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Mueller report fades from political conversation Barr removes prisons chief after Epstein death MORE to “Baghdad Bob," the former press secretary to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during the U.S.-Iraq war.

Williams made the reference to Iraqi press secretary Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf not long after the end of Barr's press conference on Thursday ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report.

"It's already been mentioned around here, it would harken back to a conflict decades ago," Williams said on Thursday in reference to the Iraq War that began in 2003. "We would not be surprised if some headline writer somewhere came up somewhere with 'Baghdad Bill Barr' for what we saw today."   

Conservatives ripped into Williams for the remark, with some mentioning his six-month suspension in February 2015 after he embellished several stories he covered during the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina.