Skip to comments.Brokaw Booed at Oklahoma-Nebraska Game
Posted on 11/14/2004 8:13:37 PM PST by Glock17
Went to see my Sooners play Saturday night. During the game, the announcer said "welcome America's favorite newscaster to the University of Oklahoma" and the Jumbo-cam zoomed in on Brokaw. There were 84000 fans there that night and about 79,9999 of them booed Brokaw. He looked stunned at first, but then laughed it off as if to look unaffected. People were laughing their butts off over it. A warm Sooner welcome....
Why would Brokaw go anywhere in the state that had nairy a county vote blue?
People are there for football, Mr. Brokaw. Not to honor you or anything else.
He went home and cried because it hurt his wittle feewings...
He must have a book to flog.
No, I think it is more likely that the red-blooded Americans in Oklahoma realize Tom Brokow is an obsolete icon of an anti-American mainstream media whose death is long overdue.
I don't think these guys really have a clue as to how much they are despised.
The same happen to Kobe Bryant at the AMA tonight. Kobe looked stunned at first and then smiled.
Forgive my ignorance, but what did Brokaw do wrong? As far as I know, he reads the news and honors WW II veterans.
It's sad to see Nebraskans behave like such douchebags.
"whose death is long overdue."
I love this sentiment.
I'm a Sooner fan and I thought it was pathetic. Dan Rather I can understand because of the memo crap, but don't boo someone just because they are A.) a liberal or B.) a Nebraska grad. It's not like Brokaw is *as* blatantly biased as Rather is, or Olbermann is. That makes our state (and university) look like crap. I wouldn't boo Bill Clinton or John Kerry.
Al Franken or Michael Moore though...
Forgive my ignorance, but what did Brokaw do wrong? As far as I know, he reads the news and honors WW II veterans.
It's sad to see fans behave like such douchebags.
You obviously don't know much.
Here is the reason Browkaw was there in post #75 by PhiKapMom from that same thread.
His son-in-law is an OU alum and huge Sooner fan -- only good thing he said in speech along with Beat Texas and the fact that he comes from the same state as Josh Heupel -- Brokaw is not Josh! Josh is really nice, conservative, and supports the President!
I, myself, will never forgive him for some of the audio I've heard over these past four years.
Did they boo because it was Brokaw and not Brit Hume?
Bunky, you're at the wrong forum.
"It's sad to see Nebraskans behave like such douchebags"
Since there was probably only about 100 Nebraska fans there, I doubt you could hear any Nebraskans behaving like Douchebags.
2/5th's of the posts you have made here in your short history have been in praise of the MSM icons Rather and Brokaw.
I think smeagol may be under the influence of the precious.
Dan? Is that you?
I see your point, but it did make me laugh when i read it. Maybe it's just the Okie coming out in me...
Your kind of stupidity's dangerous; hence, unforgivable.
Bet'cha miss the Dixie Chicks, huh.
...go on, admit it.
Sorry I was late with the post and put up old news - I just got back home tonight after spending the weekend in Norman with my college buds. Should have figured there were lots of Sooner Freepers. If I could have just gotten an orange far enough to get Tom.........
Yeah but don't do it in a public arena that has nothing to do with politics. It's one thing to crack jokes on the internet or vent frustrations about what Dem candidates are saying, it's another thing to make yourself (and your ideology) look dumb in the national eye by booing someone just for being a liberal at a sporting event. We should have some tact.
His ...(Brokaw)... whole speech was about how the WWII was the greatest generation and there never will be another one, how Bush won the Florida election through the Supreme Court and was selected, that today's students will not go near as far as the greatest generation, war in Iraq was wrong and those are the just the highlights or lowlights that I prefer to call them. I was really disgusted during the speech after he finished trashing the President. That doesn't even include the fact that the speech didn't flow at all -- never did figure out a theme except this class shouldn't reach for greatness but just give up (my son's words).
21 posted on 11/13/2004 11:27:08 PM CST by PhiKapMom
His news perspective is one millimeter rightward of CBS.
There is nothing wrong with adhering to that perspective. Alan Colmes is a known liberal. OTOH, Brokaw and his ilk pretend to be balanced. In so doing, they are either ignorant of their bias or lying through their teeth.
I prefer my cant straight up. The Nation is preferable to NBC, since they don't lie about their leftist perspective.
Browkaw gave the commencement speech at OU last May. Apparently quite a few people there disagreed with what he said.
May 8, 2004
While I know some of you have so enjoyed your days at O.U., the exhilaration of discovery, the rush of intellectual stimulation and the rich rewards of friendship, that you have extended your stay here beyond the conventional four year term. I also know that some of you extended your stay here simply because you couldn't get your act together in four. For what it's worth, in my undergraduate days I was a charter member of the latter category and my subsequent success still is a puzzle to my classmates who were in the former group.
For purposes of this day let's strike a convenient compromise and use as our base-line the normal four year commitment of an undergraduate. That means the class of 2004 was the first freshman class of the new millennium. You entered this transformational phase of your lives at a time when America was in a euphoric state of dot.com prosperity, a climate that produced millionaires and even billionaires only slightly older than many of you here today. Moreover, America was at peace, Osama Bin Laden was a little known shadowy figure somewhere out there and the presidential election in this country was a tepid affair between two baby boomer sons of famous political fathers that stumbled to a contentious finish first in Florida and then the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lesson number one in your new world, the real world: life changes with lightning swiftness. Lesson number two: the promise of a new technology is not always worth the value assigned to it. Lesson number three: it's a dangerous world, even for the greatest superpower in the history of mankind. Lesson number four: every presidential election is important and worthy of your attention and participation.
There are other lessons of course, but on this felicitous occasion let's reflect on the smaller number for in them are the larger concerns and opportunities in your new life.
First, America is at war against a ruthless and cunning enemy so impassioned it is willing to send its young on suicidal missions against the essential institutions and fundamental values of this society, an enemy that is so cold-blooded it cares not how many innocents die or in what circumstances.
That war did not begin on September 11th. It had been underway at American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, at a U.S. barracks in Saudi Arabia and in an attack on an American warship off Yemen. But our response was so uncertain and our sense of national urgency was so faint that the enemy was only emboldened.
We're still in a process of self examination about our failures and oversights, our association with like-minded societies and those who have turned against us. And, of course, we're in a daily state of evaluation about the wisdom and efficacy of the military and legal response to the shattering and horrific events of nine eleven.
That examination and the dialogue that goes with it is not always perfect. There are outrageous and destructive claims across the spectrum of opinion, from left to right and back again. But the fact of this robust debate is a bold statement that the cherished traditions of participatory democracy remain, shaken but not shattered by the assaults from suicide bombers or home-grown demagogues.
The vigorous exchange of ideas is such a critical component of determining our once and future course, it is incumbent on all of us to be vigilant against the temptations to silence criticism or honest questions whether from the left or the right. If we are the defenders of freedom abroad, we must be the stewards of it at home as well. The first amendment was never intended as a blunt instrument to punish contrary points of view.
Moreover, neither can any of us ignore another reality of our time. We have the finest military any nation ever placed afield but as an all volunteer force now, it is not as organic to American life as it once was. Some of you here today will join that military and place yourself in harm's way. Those of you who choose other paths will have a continuing obligation to those in uniform to be mindful of their sacrifices and alert to their needs.
After all, this war against radical Muslims and their patrons of hate cannot be won on the military battlefield alone.
We have to work harder at understanding an enemy who is eager to sacrifice
their bodies to do great harm to what we hold dear, hundreds of millions of young Muslims who love our culture and hate our government, who envy our successes, disdain our pluralism and, most of all, who are enraged by our sense of entitlement.
Young Muslims who live in politically and economically oppressive regimes where they are influenced by devout but zealous and fanatical religious teachers as they are frustrated by the absence of economic and social opportunity.
If they are not the enemy now, they likely soon will be. In Baghdad before the war, at a distinguished university, I came upon a ceremony not unlike this ? the best and brightest of Iraqi society, studying English language and literature, enthusiastic in their devotion Whitney Houston and James Taylor and John Denver. And equally enthusiastic about joining the army so they could fight the United States government.
We cannot ignore them and no army can kill them all so we must begin to understand their rage and deal with it in a new and more effective fashion.
For more than a hundred years the dominant religion of the world has been Christianity, representing about 30 per cent of the global population. Islam during this time has represented about 20 per cent. In the next 20 years or so that will change, if current trends hold, and Islam will represent the higher number.
So a primary challenge of your generation is to bank the fires of hostility now burning out of control, to neutralize the hatred, to expedite not just global competition economically and politically, but also global understanding.
A place to begin: the Presidential Election of 2004. The choices we make in a presidential election are an indelible reflection of our common will, hopes, desires and commitment to the privilege of citizenship. So they are not to be taken lightly, especially in a year when the issues are so great and complex.
Moreover, I am persuaded the American political system, if not broken, is at least cracked and the fault lines have created an unsettling landscape.
After more than 40 years of observing the American political process up close, and covering it from the republican precincts of Omaha to the dixiecrat sensibilities of the South to the liberal activism of California and urban America to the conservative instincts of the Rocky Mountain West, from the State House to the White House, I am persuaded that we have become one country, two nations as a result of the determination of both parties to divide and conquer. I am also persuaded that during this time of profound change and challenges at home and abroad that it is a schematic for structural weakness at a time when there is both a need of and a longing for finding common strength on common ground, however uneven it may be.
I have no illusion that American politics should resemble spring break, when everyone gathers on a beach and loves everyone else.
But must it be scorched earth all day every day?
In a country that is so evenly divided, when a handful of precincts in a cupful of swing states can determine the outcome of a presidential election, I know that is not just the instinct but in fact the battle plan for both parties. Couple that attitude with the modern tools of campaigning ? ruthlessly efficient mass marketing, polls and surveys that map the electorate down to the fungus in their suburban yards, media campaigns and buys that target every paranoia, however real or imagined ? and you have politics as kill and kill again.
That party machinery is reinforced by the sinews of another hard fact of modern political life, the single interest organization.
Through a variety of means ? campaign fund raising, mass mailings of sophisticated propaganda (and I chose that word deliberately), well organized telephone networks of like-minded activists ? the single interest citizens have become a power in American politics well beyond their numbers, alone.
They have the ability to make surgical strikes on the election process, to single out candidates to promote or oppose and to impose their single issue on the general welfare of the people who otherwise might have a broader range of interests they wish to have represented.
These special interests are not confined to one side or another of the ideological spectrum. They are members of the NRA; but they?re also members of the Teachers Unions; they are manufacturers and they are consumer activists; they are physicians and they are trial lawyers.
In so doing, they too often reduce the American electorate to a body that is less than the sum of its parts. And they encourage a population of public servants who too willingly develop myopia in which their vision is confined to the narrow interests that helped elect them.
Their modus operandi and their impact on the commonwealth have been well documented in the mass media but their money, their momentum and their focus is so considerable mere exposition is not enough for course correction.
It is a hard, complex task, but it is also exciting because it is an unparalleled opportunity to define your time and leave a lasting legacy.
Sixty years ago the young men and women your age were fighting for their lives and world freedom during WWII. The odds that they would succeed were difficult, at best. They were taking up arms against the two most formidable military machines mankind had ever assembled.
By the millions they put on uniforms and learned new skills, from piloting multi-engine bombers to parachuting behind enemy lines, from fighter planes to amphibious landings, from ships on the sea to submarines beneath the ocean. They invented new weapons and tactics on the run, they broke enemy codes and designed their own. They mastered one of nature?s most awesome forces and used it to end the war ? and then to keep the peace.
At home, those not in uniform turned the country overnight into a war supply depot, stopping the production of cars and trucks to churn out tanks, warplanes and new vehicles for the transportation of materiel. Farmers grew more food and civilians ate less so the men in uniform would be well fed.
When it was over, when the peace had been won with millions of casualties, they returned to America to re build their enemies, draw the line against Communist oppression, marry in record numbers, go to college in record numbers, give us new industries, new scientific discoveries, new laws to expand the rights of those who had been left behind too long.
They weren?t perfect, by any means. They let racism be a fixed part of the American landscape for far too long; they were too slow to acknowledge the place of women as equal partners; some of them believed too much in war as an instrument of politics but others among them were the most eloquent critics of that thesis.
They?re in their 70?s and 80?s now, this magnificent generation, what I call ?the greatest generation,? formed by a great depression, hardened by war, restless in their pursuit of peace and prosperity, driven to excel and constantly excited by the possibilities of tomorrow.
Some are here today, quiet reminders of a difficult time and a heroic response.
They have given you a priceless legacy for your own unique and profound set of challenges. Remember them as you leave here to change the world and the circumstances you have inherited. Share their excitement in the opportunities before you, however taxing they may be, and most of all, anticipate the satisfaction of history?s judgment that you did not fail.
IIRC, Brokaw delivered a graduation address at OU recently. His speech turned negative and anti-Bush to the extent that the GRADUATES booed him and the Dean had to step in and calm the crowd.
Am I remembering correctly PKM?
No, I think that's Carville....
I remember Rush talking about this.
Shows how damn wrong he is about this and many other things as well. Thanks for posting the address, I was sure I recalled reading the grads weren't happy with his "message".
I was born in that fair state. They don't take kindly to leftists down there.
No, booing is the only way to make these people really hear us, booing politicians is useless, but show biz people really hate to have their act rejected.
Tom got the message that his act doesn't play in Norman.
"but don't boo someone just because they are A.) a liberal"
Are you serious? Booing someone because they are liberal is the least I would do, especially Tom Brokaw. My two sons were there last night at the game and they booed at the top of their lungs. I'm so proud of them...a chip off the ol' block!
Smeagol is trolling tonight.
Brokaw was paid $75,000 to deliver the commencement address at OU's graduation ceremony last spring, and he used his platform to trash President Bush, the war in Iraq, and the graduating class, telling them they didn't measure up to the "greatest generation." PhiKapMom was there, and that's why I pinged her here. I'm sure she'll be happy to fill you in on more of the details- she mentioned that a LOT of the people in the audience were very upset over Brokaw's spew.
I'd say Brokaw got exactly what he deserved.
Hey! What are you doing in here? You just got kicked out of a different thread for being a troll.
Your leftward bias is showing. Anchors in the MSM don't just read the news, they shape it.
I don't trust any news anchor that has used the words, "President," and, "Saddam Hussein," far more times together than they've used the words, "President," and, "Bush," together.
PA ANNOUNCER: Ladeeeees and Gentlemennnnnn...Tom Browkaw!!!
BLUE STATE CROWD:BOOOOOOOOO!!!!
TOM BROKAW: Are they saying "Boooooo?"
KOLLEGE PREZIDINT: "Uh, no... They were saying "NEWS!!!"
BLUE STATE CROWD: "No we weren't!!! We were saying "BOOOOOOOO!!!"
HANS MOLEMAN: I was saying "news."
You're tilting at windmills. How on earth can you tell 60,000 people at a football game NOT to have a spontaneous reaction that comes instinctively?
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