On NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host David Gregory, former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw charged that the United States is partly to blame for the terrorist attacks in Boston.
How anyone – especially a long-time U.S. big media star like Brokaw – could make such an incredible charge illustrates what this nation had to endure for so many years before the major arrival of talk radio.
Brokaw’s statement came just after two Chechens were either killed or captured on charges of bombing to death three (including one 8-year-old boy) and injuring over 260, some very seriously and many requiring amputation.
Among other NBC statements by Brokaw were the following:
“There are a couple of things to remember here, David, I think for all of us. With the death of Osama bin Laden, Islamic rage did not go away. In fact, in some ways it’s more dangerous. This is a perfect example.”
(QUESTION: Just how many Americans believe that with the death of bin Laden, Islamic rage “went away”? And why would Brokaw make such a ridiculous suggestion?)
BROKAW: “Americans need to take a hard look at ‘the roots’ of why so many Muslims, including Americanized terrorists like the Tsarnev brothers in Boston, want to kill them.”
(QUESTION: Why should any Americans have to “take a hard look” at what is so appallingly obvious?)
BROKAW: “There’s a lot we still need to know about what motivated them, obviously (noting the Muslim faith of both bombers), and the fact is that Islamic rage is still out there.”
(QUESTION: How many American citizens does this Brokaw statement suggest are unaware of continuing Islamic terrorism against the U.S.? Other than such small minorities as the mentally ill, I suggest that all Americans are well aware of what Brokaw declared that we ought to know.)
BROKAW: We have to work a lot harder (to understand) the motivation here.”
(QUESTION: Does this mean Brokaw’s use of the word “we” means that he has found somebody else who shares his astonishing doubt?)
BROKAW: “We’ve got to look at the roots of all this. … I think we also have to examine the use of drones that the United States is involved in. There are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq.”
(QUESTION: Is there any evidence that U.S. drones have killed or seriously injured anywhere nearly as many civilians as Islamic terrorists have murdered?)
WND, on April 21, noted the following:
- “Brokaw is often hailed as a politically neutral and patriotic journalist. He is, however, a self-described Democrat who in 2008 referred to Obama’s inauguration as a ‘velvet revolution’ and equated him to Jesus Christ, while comparing GOP running mate Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate.”
- “In a recent National Press Club speech, moreover, he lamented the rise of the conservative press on the Internet and talk radio.”
- “‘There now is in too many quarters of commentary a tyranny of the right,’ he complained, adding that that the media has an ‘obligation’ to advocate on behalf of liberal causes.”
In a recent interview with the Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists should “represent the views of those who are underrepresented in the social context or the political context and to make sure that they’re not overlooked and that their wrongs get the bright light of journalistic sunshine.” He said conservative cable networks, radio stations and bloggers are “instantly jingoistic and savagely critical of any questions raised about the decisions leading up to, for example, the war in Iraq.”
At least – and at long last – Brokaw The Unbelievable Left-winger is no longer on any of our TV networks each night.
And now, as compared to his one-time prime-time stint, the size of conservative talk radio, as well as a majority of the Internet, provides a balance to Brokawism, which once so dominated our nation’s media.