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Brokaw: Bush, GOP Deserve as Much Blame as Clinton for Terror Attacks
NewsMax | Wednesday Sept. 19, 2001 | Carl Limbacher and Staff

Posted on 09/19/2001 9:49:12 AM PDT by truther

Brokaw: Bush, GOP Deserve as Much Blame as Clinton for Terror Attacks

"NBC Nightly News" anchorman Tom Brokaw sought to deflect criticism of ex-President Clinton Wednesday morning in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks, saying that President Bush and the GOP also deserve blame for not making terrorism as issue during last year's presidential campaign.

"I do think that it was a failure of (the Clinton) administration not to take it on. But it wasn't a high priority of this administration either coming into office," Brokaw told radioman Don Imus.

"I mean, George W. Bush didn't make fighting terrorism a big part of his campaign at all," the anchorman complained. "You know, they were talking about reorganizing the U.S. military but we haven't heard anything about -- "We've got to secure this country against a terrorist attack.'"

Next the NBC anchor turned his ire towards Republican congressional leaders. "God knows, on Capitol Hill one expert after another, one commission after another went up there when Republicans were in charge and said, 'They're coming. We're vulnerable. We could take a terrible hit.'"

Brokaw also said the media share blame for not giving enough coverage to the attack on the U.S.S. Cole and the trial of 1993's World Trade Center bombers.

The NBC News anchor's defense of the ex-president came just hours after his own interview with Clinton, who blamed the CIA for implementing restrictions on spy recruitment that experts now say helped the Twin Tower terrorists conceal their plans.

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To: headsonpikes
Brokaw speaks to thirty million people a night. How big does that make your weenie?
21 posted on 09/19/2001 10:31:21 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Dear Tom Brokaw:

Who the hell do you think you are, trying to place the blame for the latest tragedy on President George W. Bush???? Answer me (as well as many, many other Americans)!!!!!!!!

I'm tired of you, as well as many of your media cronies, constantly trying to minimize and down our President. Yet you have the gall to want to interview Bill Clinton and call him President Clinton!!!! He happens to be EX-President Clinton, thank God!!!!!

That scumbag Clinton did all he could in those 8 years to undermine our freedom-loving country, to sell/give our military and financial secrets to enemies of our country, to only "attempt" to bomb the terrorists when it was convenient (when he needed some excuse to get the antics with his latest bimbo off the news and the front pages).

Whether you realize it or not, many of us Americans no longer even waste our time watching you and your other liberal media-brats. Wake up - it's high time to respect President Bush!!!! It's time to stand up for America and to do all we can to preserve the precious few freedoms we have. If you don't feel that way, I cordially invite you to get a one-way ticket to any country of our choice on the face of the planet!!!! I'll even offer to buy your (one-way) ticket!!!!!!! God bless America!!!!!!!


(my name)

North Carolina


22 posted on 09/19/2001 10:32:16 AM PDT by Independent Lady
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To: Independent Lady
Good job!!! Keep it up. Despite what some may think, ignoring these people does not make them go away or lessen their influence.
23 posted on 09/19/2001 10:33:52 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: truther
Still trying to spin Oscuma bent Willie's legacy?
24 posted on 09/19/2001 10:36:41 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: truther
Mr. Brokaw,
You had the gall to put Clinton on TV last night? Shame Shame Shame. I will never watch NBC again! You Are The Weakest Link! Good Bye!
David Palmquist
Editor, AllSouthwest News Service
25 posted on 09/19/2001 10:37:48 AM PDT by asneditor (
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To: TheDon
"9-11 is a direct result of 8 years of Clintoon foreign policy."


There's no way Bush should be blamed for this. Congressional Republicans? That's a different story.
26 posted on 09/19/2001 10:42:47 AM PDT by karlamayne
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To: truther
Gee, I guess he didn't read my e-mail. Missed this one, too: Did press ignore Gore scandal. Clinton tells Gore to form a commission on air safety/terrorism...Gore gets flak from airlines over requests for tightened security...airlines funnel a half million to the DNC, pre-election '96...Gore backs down....weekend after the attack. Sept.2001: Gore and Clinton spend weekend together....Clinton and Clinton pundits blanket the TV news shows with help from hosts, networks and the best PR firms in DC to save their respective clymers.
27 posted on 09/19/2001 10:46:19 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Along those lines, isn't Daschles wife an airline lobbyist. Might be something interestig there to look into.


28 posted on 09/19/2001 10:49:24 AM PDT by okiedust
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To: truther
When asked about defense issues during the debates I think that the President made it clear that he believes that we are facing new threats from new angles, and that an entire ground up review of our defense structure and priorities was in order (and has begun by the way).

How on earth does an administration make enough changes to idiotic policies in 8 months to be effective?
The question for Mr. Brokaw is: without this attack would you and liberal press have supported changes in the assassination and 'shady character' policies that existed from previous administrations? Answer: Hell NO, and we all know it. Democrats react .... it's their nature. It's time to start being proactive ... and that means taking the fight TO THE ENEMY!

29 posted on 09/19/2001 10:56:08 AM PDT by BlueNgold
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To: jwalsh07
Declining to join your sausage party.
30 posted on 09/19/2001 10:57:39 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: karlamayne
Congressional Republicans? That's a different story.

I disagree, unless it is to say they did not condemn the administration for not going after the terrorists in response to WTC #1, the US embassy attacks and the USS Cole.

31 posted on 09/19/2001 11:05:29 AM PDT by TheDon
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To: headsonpikes
Excuse me, when the whole missile defense issue was raised, all we heard from the liberals and the media was how much money was needed for more important issues! Let's not forget who was opposed to raising the military budget! Then when dAs..hole took over as majority leader, he bumped any military/defense spending issue to this fall and instead brought up OH the EVER SO IMPORTANT ISSUE OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE"...GO SUCK EGGS, MR BROKEJAW!
32 posted on 09/19/2001 11:10:21 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: princess leah
Brokaw and the rest are a broken force. Do not dignify them by according them weight or influence.

Walk around them as you would walk around vomit on the street.

33 posted on 09/19/2001 11:23:58 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans still learn what to think by listening to their "trusted" hosts on network TV. Vigilance, and e-mail campaigns can make a difference.
34 posted on 09/19/2001 11:30:46 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Tactical surgical FReep headed to Brokaw's e-mail box!


35 posted on 09/19/2001 12:01:47 PM PDT by ppaul
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36 posted on 09/19/2001 12:03:24 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: truther
How could you understand anything he said?
37 posted on 09/19/2001 12:14:48 PM PDT by LoneGOPinCT
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To: truther
Mr. Brokaw, I wish you and your compatriots would pay as much attention to reporting the news as you do to injecting your own opinions. It is the number one reason why I no longer watch network news and have switched to Fox. Since I don't pay for the displeasure of cable, I relented on 9/11 and for a few days watched the network versions of news. But I couldn't stomach it for long and I certainly don't want my teenaged daughter to think what you are doing is actual news reporting. I suppose you all are deluding yourselves into believing you are the much-needed intelligentsia, deciphering and translating what is happening for poor little mind-numbed middle classers like me. However, I learned a long time ago to think for myself. Just give me the news, please. I really don't want your opinion, nor those of any of the other media "pundits." Sincerely, Rebecca Pivetta
38 posted on 09/19/2001 12:44:04 PM PDT by ncpastor
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To: borisbob69
We mailed the following and will cc: to other networks. (First post, please be kind!)Dear Mr. Brokaw:

As a main stream media representative you are complicit in withholding information regarding the terrorist threats to the United States of America. Your admission to Mr. Imus that news coverage was not as it should be, certainly indicates that your network decided an agenda of political allegiance was more important than an allegiance to the people of the United States.

By blaming then GOVERNOR BUSH for not discussing the threat of terrorism in his campaign, while then PRESIDENT CLINTON and VICE PRESIDENT GORE were privy to the information garnered by federal agencies is a pitiful example of cynical adherence to personal political ideology and deliberate blindness to the faults of the previous administration. Why did you not discuss the fact that VICE PRESIDENT GORE, who was privy to this type of information, did not bring up this threat during his campaigning?

Also, deflection of responsibility for campaign topics such as these, especially during the debates, falls solidly with the news media hosting the debates. Another avenue you might consider exploring.

The previous administration was never questioned in a forthright, thorough manner by your network or the other mainstream networks regarding their response to the terrorist attacks perpetrated during their tenure, nor where they ever thoroughly examined regarding preparations against terrorist threats to the United States of America or other countries.

The mainstream media accepted emoting performances of sympathy and empathy to substitute for investigative reporting.

At one time investigative reporting was a main component of journalism and that supposedly was a component of mainstream newscasts.

Your behavior coupled with that of Mr. Jennings and Mr. Rather is illustrative of performance journalism, news readers, personal ideologies that disillusions us, because we cannot trust your reporting to be solidly objective and that is what matters most in reportage.

39 posted on 09/19/2001 1:12:08 PM PDT by BlessedByLiberty
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To: truther
The liberal media(Brokaw, Jennings, Rather) are trying to get out in front of the blame game.
They will protect and defend their beloved rapist and themselves.....
40 posted on 09/19/2001 1:27:16 PM PDT by mystery-ak
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