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Tom Brokaw: Journalists Used to Be
Trusted, But Social Media Ruined That

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Posted By: Imright, 12/10/2019 6:34:17 PM

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw came on CBS’s The Late Show Monday to talk about his new Watergate book and compare the impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon to the current impeachment of President Trump. While he was there, he also boasted how journalists in his day could be counted on to report accurately; but today, people got their news from social media which couldn’t be trusted. While comparing his time covering Watergate to the current impeachment proceedings, Brokaw told host Stephen Colbert how journalists used to be considered trustworthy, because they had plenty of time to do their own sourcing and could control what was reported:

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Newtsche 12/10/2019 6:40:55 PM (No. 258296)
"..(journalists)..could control what was reported..." There's the rub, Lefty, cry me a river.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 12/10/2019 6:45:29 PM (No. 258301)
"Journalists" did it to themselves when they threw their lot in with the most extreme elements of the Democrat party.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Norway 12/10/2019 6:51:44 PM (No. 258309)
Nope. Social media exposed the bias and corruption of mainstream journalists, Tom.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: volksford 12/10/2019 7:05:32 PM (No. 258324)
Good ole' Tom, he is a laugh a minute
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ribicon 12/10/2019 7:08:17 PM (No. 258325)
If by "social media" this has-been means the comments sections some newspapers still have, wherein users can call reporters out on their laziness, bias, and outright lies, then yes, this feature exposes his comrades as the frauds they are. (Yours truly has been ghosted from many a newspaper's forums for just this reason; you can opine any which way as long as it promotes the globalist left.)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: mathman 12/10/2019 7:08:24 PM (No. 258326)
Wrong. MSM reported false and misleading news, in many cases giving opinion as fact. Social media was the only way of learning what really happened. 5 Pinocchios for him!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 12/10/2019 7:08:49 PM (No. 258328)
No, Brokaw, in your day you and Cronkite, among other anchors, lied on the nightly news and there was no one to call you on it. Now we have talk radio and some of the social media to hold networks accountable for reporting, and they STILL lie.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: BirdsNest 12/10/2019 7:11:37 PM (No. 258333)
I am thankful for the Internet. We can see and hear what they say and how they say it. And have a copy to throw back at them when they say " I never said that". You guys are busted. And NOT trusted.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Avanti1 12/10/2019 7:15:26 PM (No. 258337)
When media consisted of a few TV networks and a single hometown newspaper, the "journalists" were the ONLY source of the news and they created the "truth" and were trusted by their viewers and/or readers. The internet provided the people an opportunity to be exposed to information that enjoyed a much more diverse set of information without being filtered by the established media "journalists." Remember that the established media refused to report on Bill Clinton's behavior until the Drudge Report provided valid information and the established media was then forced to follow suit. Social media is a mostly unfiltered source which places a bigger burden on readers to exercise some critical thinking skills (which many people lack) before accepting the information and forming their own beliefs. If "journalists" wish to regain the trust they lost, they need to do some honest introspection and change their behavior by providing OBJECTIVE reporting of FACT-BASED information so readers/viewers can decide what they believe after being exposed to ALL sides of an issue. If course there is a place for OPINION articles or programs but they must be separate from NEWS articles or programs.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: bad-hair 12/10/2019 7:17:33 PM (No. 258342)
Cry me a river. Not that I'm a fan of social media.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: NorthernDog 12/10/2019 7:24:16 PM (No. 258349)
One could fill a set of encyclopedias with all the false stories propagated by the media. My favorite is 'Donald Trump has no path to 270' Not until his electoral count topped 300 did they admit he won.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Northcross 12/10/2019 7:24:58 PM (No. 258352)
Social media correctly changed all of that by proving that the vast majority of so called "journalists" are just leftist propaganda artists.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: doctorfixit 12/10/2019 7:35:10 PM (No. 258363)
I never trusted Brokaw or any of the talking heads after Viet Nam.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Faithfully 12/10/2019 7:39:31 PM (No. 258367)
For me, the penny dropped back in the 80's. It was just the simple thing of seeing in a glossy magazine, Vanity Fair or Town & Country, news anchors yucking it up in Martha's Vineyard with people they report on.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: mort 12/10/2019 7:58:11 PM (No. 258386)
It wasn't social media. It was truth that showed this preening fools for what they are.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Italiano 12/10/2019 8:00:11 PM (No. 258387)
"The Greatest Generation" made some colossal mistakes. One of them was spawning Tom Brokaw.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Omen55 12/10/2019 8:06:02 PM (No. 258390)
As Obi Wan said. "You only have yourself to blame."
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Reply 18 - Posted by: BarryNo 12/10/2019 8:07:39 PM (No. 258393)
No, journalists ruined that. Social media only pointed out how dishonest journalists were. I've distrusted journalists for about 55 years, when I had a series of 'trusted newsmen' lie through their teeth and try to harm my father, lie about the vietnam war, and lie about elections... Actually, I rarely DIDN'T find journalists lying, when it would serve the agendas of their owners. We just didnt have social media then to spread the word.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bighambone 12/10/2019 8:19:09 PM (No. 258400)
Back then there were only three TV media peas in the pod without anyone to show they they were actually politicized talking heads, who falsely professed to be experts in every field imaginable. But for the last three years President Trump has successfully blown those media talking heads clear out of their saddles by way of his continuous “fake news” announcements.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 12/10/2019 8:57:38 PM (No. 258417)
The internet allows direct access to source information and for unfiltered sources, he means. Journalist have always been lying scum. We just know what I first believed when Walter Cronkite took off his glasses and lied about Vietnam.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Chuzzles 12/10/2019 9:08:03 PM (No. 258425)
No, you all did it to yourselves. Lying daily/nightly to the nation since the Vietnam war. You got away with that stuff because there was no internet to double check your newscasts. Don't be blaming social media for exposing your lies and lack of clothing, ummkay? Stop backing the democrats and start being the nation's watchdog again. Trust and respect are earned, not just given. Especially not to your profession.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 12/10/2019 9:08:58 PM (No. 258426)
No, "modern journalism" ruined it.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Deepthinker 12/10/2019 9:13:46 PM (No. 258428)
Utter nonsense. I am now 70. It was when I was around 20 that I began to see what a stinking pile was the "Evening News". It was my increasing skepticism that caused me to drift to more and more conservative views from my "educated" (ie politically correct ) view of the world as a product of the public school system.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: smcchk 12/10/2019 9:51:17 PM (No. 258443)
I used to yell at the nightly news and think I was crazy. Rush, the Internet and Lucianne saved my sanity! Tom just misses the stranglehold they used to have on information.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: msts 12/10/2019 10:12:22 PM (No. 258447)
Saying the public used to trust the mainstream media isn't actually a glowing assertion. Trusted and being trustworthy are two different things. They were trusted because America couldnt even begin to believe they were being lied to.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: XCenturion 12/10/2019 10:55:21 PM (No. 258471)
No Tom, it is leftist so-called journalists, like you that spread Democrat propaganda. I hate to break the news to you Tom but the media in this country cannot, and will not be trusted by anyone with an IQ higher than a box of rocks.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: pixelero 12/11/2019 12:42:57 AM (No. 258523)
Lol. Unforced error, unintentional reveal, involuntary irony.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: vinegrower 12/11/2019 12:43:31 AM (No. 258524)
Oh no, journalists managed to ruin their own reputations. Nobody or nothing else caused this tragedy.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: DVC 12/11/2019 12:47:52 AM (No. 258528)
No, their endless lying is what ruined that.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: LeftCoast 12/11/2019 1:13:37 AM (No. 258533)
From the man, along w/ NBC, who had to pay an undisclosed cash settlement for implying Richard Jewell was guilty of the bombing that left two dead and hundreds injured.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Trigger2 12/11/2019 2:44:45 AM (No. 258576)
Tommy has it wrong. Social media didn't ruin media trust. They did it to themselves with their constant lies to support the demonrat corrupt party.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Laotzu 12/11/2019 8:54:09 AM (No. 258764)
As in all subjects, the Media reporting Marxist, revisionist history while the public demands the news.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: heartlandconservative 12/11/2019 12:59:28 PM (No. 259104)
Hey Tom, does the name Dan Rather ring a bell?
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