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Monday, February 02, 2004

So I've been trying to figure out exactly why Brokaw's performance at the South Carolina debate stuck in my craw the way it did. Koppel and Jennings went way over the top in their hypocricies, but for some reason my reaction to Brokaw was just as strong.

It took me diving into the debate transcript to get to the bottom of it:

BROKAW: I don't want to dwell on this, but there's no question about the fact...

BROKAW: And the United States, at the moment, is losing the war for hearts and minds. Everyone agrees on that, whatever their political position happens to be.

BROKAW: You don't have to be a math wiz to know that that will break this country and break the spirit of the generation coming along.

Leave aside Brokaw's constant mischaracterizations -- the Nation of Islam idiocy, his statement that Joe Trippi was fired etc. etc. He essentially spent the whole debate pretending to be omniscient. He knows the facts, he knows what you think and believe, he knows the future, and really you'd have to be an utter imbecile to disagree with anything he says. He's Joe Friday, Santa Claus, and Jeane Dixon all rolled into one. Bow! Bow down before the Great and Powerful Brokaw!

No wonder most of the pundits are so chummy-chummy with the Bush cabal. They all have the same inflated ego and blind arrogance.

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