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Brokaw: Bush, GOP Deserve as Much Blame as Clinton for Terror Attacks
NewsMax | Wednesday Sept. 19, 2001 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com 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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It's amazing what Brokaw, other liberal press garbage and demonRATS invent to justify the scumbag in all his criminal deeds!
1 posted on 09/19/2001 9:49:12 AM PDT by truther
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To: truther
Send Brokaw an email at:

nightly@nbc.com

2 posted on 09/19/2001 9:55:38 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
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To: truther
Brokaw is a shithead.
3 posted on 09/19/2001 9:59:33 AM PDT by Pete53
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To: truther
In two days, "W" will have been in office 9 months. The liberal shitheads are trying to pin the failures that started 8 years ago on him.
4 posted on 09/19/2001 10:03:07 AM PDT by wjcsux
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To: truther
Bump. let them know what you think
5 posted on 09/19/2001 10:04:35 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: CCRM
This boil is acting-up, citizen patriots.
He's in dire need of a good popping.

These nets; have they no shame!?!?

6 posted on 09/19/2001 10:05:08 AM PDT by Landru
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To: truther
go to hell, brokeraw! donate any blood yet? where are YOUR crocodile tears? typical commie media spiel.
7 posted on 09/19/2001 10:08:46 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Gopher Broke
My Message:

Mr. Brokaw,
Get with the game. Now is the time to support the USA and President Bush. The fact that you are spouting such negative indicates that possibly you are one of those who is against the USA and President Bush.
Karen
Salem OR

8 posted on 09/19/2001 10:09:55 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: wjcsux
9-11 is a direct result of 8 years of Clintoon foreign policy.
9 posted on 09/19/2001 10:12:30 AM PDT by TheDon
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To: truther
There's enough blame to go around. Beginning with the bombing of our military barracks in the mid-80s, America has shrugged off acts of terror, even against their own. We talked a good game about finding those responsible but rarely followed through and the subject was quickly forgotten. Republicans can be blamed. Democrats can be blamed. The media can be blamed. The CIA, Army, Navy, FBI all can share the blame. So can our allies. This happened because the free world *collectively* has dropped the ball.

And there will be those who will lobby us to drop it again, to say the cost of retribution is too great, the enemy too stealthy, the victims just unfortunate casualties of "chickens coming home to roost". Rest assured they will say the same thing with each subsequent terrorist attack.

George W. Bush has decided that last week's atrocities were the last straw. He is trying to prepare us for a long engagement to wipe out those who would use these tactics against us and it will cost us. But the fight is worth it.

He is trying to put in us the will to interrupt our daily lives and focus on a battle he knows won't be won overnight. He knows America can win this war. What he fears is that they won't bother to. Enormous and sustained public support will be needed, especially if a second attack occurs.

He must turn a wimpy America back into steely men. Thank God that at least he will try.

10 posted on 09/19/2001 10:15:42 AM PDT by Tall_Texan
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To: Gopher Broke
Dear Tom,

As long as we are assigning blame , I'll tell you exactly who is to blame and its not Bush. For 8 years Clinton allowed this country to be attacked indiscriminately without once making any terrorists pay the ultimate price. His war on terrorism lasted exactly as long as Monica Lewinski's testimony.

What is even worse though is that you and you're colleagues, specifically you, Rather, Jennings, the New York Times, the Washington Post and a host of Clinton idolaters convinced the unknowing and the dimwitted that it was all about sex. Well, what it was all about Mr. Brokaw was dead Americans, nuclear secrets and the pardoning of terrorists. You have done a disservice to yourself, your family and your country and your feeble attempt to shift that blame unto the back of the Bush administration makes me so mad I could spit.

You are a disgraceful American Mr. Brokaw. All about sex my ass.

jwalsh07

11 posted on 09/19/2001 10:16:43 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Tall_Texan
You miss the point here Tex. The left is mounting an attack on W. It goes like this. He is a dumb, warmonger who wants to start a crusade against Muslims just because he was too stupid to do anything about the attack before it happened.

They will try to shift public opinion support away from Bush so that he will not be able to attack terrorism freely. Thats the reality.

13 posted on 09/19/2001 10:19:54 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: truther
Brokaw is such an idiot. I thought the leader of the free world was supposed to lead. But since Clinton decided everything by taking a poll, he was a coward not to take this on and a failure as a leader. His decision would have been based on a poll that asked the people how important do you think the threat of terrorism is? The anchors at the nightly news would say the poll says there is no threat, then he would praise Clintons skill as a politician. Actually Brokaw is right, about one thing, they were so happy to investigate and ruminate every Republican failure, they didn't do their jobs. Brokaw, not part of the solution, part of the problem.

regards

14 posted on 09/19/2001 10:20:50 AM PDT by okiedust
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To: patchpics
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15 posted on 09/19/2001 10:22:04 AM PDT by Landru
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To: truther
"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.'"

Actually, I believe this was on his mind when he spoke several weeks back (during his "summer vacation") to a group of veterans. He mentioned the need to prepare our military for the new century and new threats. I don't remember if he specifically mentioned terrorism, but the implication was very clear. At the time I told my husband, "President Bush is a man of vision. He's looking way into the future to see what he can do NOW for our national security." I'm sure his speech was reported on a thread; just haven't done a search for it yet.

16 posted on 09/19/2001 10:23:40 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: truther
Why didn't Brokaw and his other liberal media friends make terrorism an issue in the campaign? I don't recall them pressing Bush or Gore on this topic. They were too busy worrying about GW"s drunk driving arrest from 20 years ago. If terrorism was sooooo much on their minds why didn't they hound the candidates endlessly on that topic? They like to present themselves as the guardians of American freedom. Well. where were they? What a hypocrite this guy is
17 posted on 09/19/2001 10:24:32 AM PDT by foolscap
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To: Gopher Broke
My e-mail Subject: brokaw needs to retire:

I just read the comments made by tom brokaw attempting to run cover for clinton and his anti-American/liberal administration that practically gave away our defenses and military secrets over the past 8 years. By trying to lay blame at the feet of President Bush and Republican members of Congress he once again shows his true colors.

For some reason nightly news anchorpersons seem to think they have a Constitutional right/obligation to inject their personal feelings/opinions/biases into their reporting on the events transpiring around them. brokaw is one of the worst offenders when it comes to expressing his open disdain for conservative values and those who represent them as he participates in a one man crusade to trumpet the superiority of liberal partisan politics, agendas and personalities.

If you wonder why people are flocking to FOX News Channel...watch reruns of your own programs and read reported comments of your on air representatives.

God Bless America!

18 posted on 09/19/2001 10:27:34 AM PDT by borisbob69
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To: jwalsh07 Tall Texan
Tex didn't miss the point; he's making a larger point.

Mr. Walsh, to obsess over these little leftist weenies and their smoke-blowing efforts is to lend them a credibility they no longer possess.

IMHO.

19 posted on 09/19/2001 10:29:05 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Pete53
That's an insult to manure.
20 posted on 09/19/2001 10:30:09 AM PDT by financeprof
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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!!!!!!!

Sincerely,

(my name)

North Carolina

USA

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
http://www.allsouthwest.com
25 posted on 09/19/2001 10:37:48 AM PDT by asneditor (editor@allsouthwest.com)
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To: TheDon
"9-11 is a direct result of 8 years of Clintoon foreign policy."

Amen.

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.

regards

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!

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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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To: wjcsux
You mean to say EIGHT months.
41 posted on 09/19/2001 1:34:34 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Gopher Broke and truther
Thank you for the post and for the email addy. I was so damned mad when I read it that I sat right down and wrote him a scathing letter. This crap has got to stop and I am willing to put my two cents towards it!

Thanks again!

42 posted on 09/19/2001 2:05:52 PM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: Tall_Texan
George W. Bush has decided that last week's atrocities were the last straw.

The citizens of the United States of America have decided that last week's atrocities were the last straw. George W. Bush is doing the job we require, if he doesn't follow thru his sucessor will, until the job is done.

43 posted on 09/19/2001 3:46:22 PM PDT by FreeLibertarian
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To: truther
Mr. Brokaw: If we had a free press, this trajedy would not have happened. The incubators of terrorists are economies destroyed by socialist central governments, socialism, and socialist policies. Name one Islamic fundamentalist or member of the establisment press who is a principled opponent of socialist central governments, socialism, and socialist policies. Name one Islamic fundamentalist or member or the establishment press who is a principled supporter of individual liberty, private property rights, and free market economic policies. Radical Islam has as much tolerance for individual liberty, private property rights, and free market economic policies as the establishment press.

The only way to insure a free press and honest government is to finance at least 50% of all federal and state spending with an excise tax on advertising.

44 posted on 09/19/2001 4:11:06 PM PDT by yoswif
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