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Oh, NO: Tom Brokaw 'Hate' Speech Erupts?

NEWS FLASH: "The New York/Washington media world is abuzz with speculation on rumors that NBC may fire former Evening News anchor Tom Brokaw for on-air comments he made about 'feeling nervous if I went into a bar in Arizona.'' 

"With memories still fresh of October's controversial firing by PBS of Juan Williams in the wake of his on-air comments about 'feeling nervous' when he saw Muslims in airports, the fate of broadcast veteran Brokaw appears to hang in a precarious balance, observers say. 

"Brokaw, on Thursday's MSNBC "Morning Joe" show, said: 'Gun control is too simple a phrase to define all the complications and nuances of it, frankly. In Arizona they have a wide open system. I would be nervous about going into a bar or restaurant in Arizona on a Saturday night where people can carry concealed without permits.'" 

An announcement from NBC on disciplinary action against Brokaw is expected shortly...

Okay, okay-- I made all that stuff up, except for what is an actual, accurate quote made by Mr. Brokaw on Morning Joe

But if consistency was less of a selective virtue in today's media universe, the paragraphs above would not be satiric commentary from yr. humble correspondent.

--Earl "Scoop" Merkel 

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oh they won't can old mr brokaw

why not start a contest about what he was nervous about? maybe it was its so uncultured or maybe he is tired of dealing with drunks in general? who knows, i dont think it helps that you misquote him. he will not get fired. jeese. c

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Quite Right, And Mea Culpa...

Sorry, Christine-- you're absolutely right. The accurate quote in the lead graf should have read "would be nervous about going into a bar or restaurant etc." It doesn't help for me to disregard journalistic accuracy, and I apologize, profusely.

But I'm pretty sure that I --and you, you disingenuous minx, you-- are quite clear about the source of his anxiety, right?  Admittedly, a disdain for the uncultured, or for drunks "in general," or even for the dread of "Saturday night" that is shared by so many dateless teenagers-- all may well constitute at least a part of Tom's need for a Xanax re-fill.

But that darned modifier --"where people can carry concealed without permits" pretty much puts the capper on any effort in our madly spinning world to fuzzy this one up, doesn't it?

Still, in another potential breach of journalistic ethics, I admit that I'm only assuming that Mr. Brokaw meant "concealed weapons." Given all the traveling Tom does... well, what with the impressive high-definition of TSA scanners, he may well have been referring to something else entirely.

(I'm tempted to add "but that's a matter between him and his psychologist." But we all remember how well that worked our for the head of PBS after the Juan Williams incident, and I sure don't want to lose my bonus, if I had one, if not my job (ditto).)

Seriously, tho: I neither want, nor expect, to see Tom Brokaw fired; heck, I'm not even sure the guy gets an NBC paycheck anymore. But I didn't want to see Juan Williams fired, either.

If there's going to be a contest --a fine idea, IMHO-- let's make it one where we guess the date on which the first discussion of this whole thing shows up on NBC or MSNBC, okay? (grin) I'll lead off: "how about 'the first of Never.'"

And I hope I'm wrong.

--Earl

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very clever

very clever commentary

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Again, thanx!

I appreciate the kind words, Christine.

 But, hey-- that's what they (no longer) pay me for.

 (Still, do tell your friends; we're here all week --two shows on Saturday night, except in Arizona-- with no cover charge!)

--Earl

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comedy at least you bomb out in front of your friends sweating

writers we so often bomb out alone and unappreciated if you are a comedian at least you get to bomb out sweating against one of those pizza place looking brick walls in front of all your best friends.

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comedy at least you bomb out in front of your friends sweating

writers we so often bomb out alone and unappreciated if you are a comedian at least you get to bomb out sweating against one of those pizza place looking brick walls in front of all your best friends.

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willy wonka erase that rewind one of the above

hey why doenst red room have a message board?

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(chuckle) IMHO, Christine,

(chuckle) IMHO, Christine, comedians have it easy.

"Try being a columnist," I tell them: an invisible, possibly non-existent, audience; no free pizza, and the only bricks come in thru the window; and as for friends ...well, most of us have to check the dictionary for the definition, on a regular basis.

Pardon me for now. I've located my rope, but I still have to hunt up a rafter to toss it over...

--Earl

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caroline see making a literary life

i read that comment i mentioned and several jokes about writing is a rather isolative profession and sometimes with not a lot to show for it and she made a few jokes about it. i like that book a lot by the way and would highly recommend it.