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Brian Williams Told A Sex Joke On NBC 'Nightly News' Last Night (VIDEO)

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Noting a spike in live births at a Washington hospital nine months after the government shutdown, the anchor toed right up to the line without explicitly crossing it.

Here's Williams' explanation, replete with the innuendo:

Last year’s government shutdown in Washington had at least one positive development nine months after the fact. The folks at Sibley Hospital in Washington are reporting live births are up right now on average by about three per day. How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people? We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.

Williams may have been inspired by Woody Allen, whose character, Alvy, told a very similar joke in the 1977 Oscar-winning classic "Annie Hall."

ALVY I ... interestingly had, uh, dated ... a woman in the Eisenhower Administration ... briefly ... and, uh, it was ironic to me 'cause, uh . . . tsch . . . 'cause I was trying to, u-u-uh, do to her what Eisenhower has been doing to the country for the last eight years.

h/t Romenesko

This post has been updated.