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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 03:53 PM
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Uh, Oh. GE's Tom Brokaw, Upstaged by Jerry Brown in 1992, Will "Moderate" the Brown/Whitman Debate
Something is under the radar regarding tonight's Brown/Whitman Debate at the Dominican University of California. Something all Californians and Americans should be aware of.

In 1992, when the General Electric toadie and corporate pleaser and climber, Tom Brokaw was the moderator for the 1992 Democratic Presidential Debate. From the opening moments of the debate, it was clear that Brokaw could barely mask his animosity toward former California Jerry Brown. When Brown, who was the first U.S. Presidential candidate to use an 800 number (Jerry was first in so many things that are taken for granted today) attempted to give out that number, Brokaw, who had been rude from the outset to Brown, jumped all over Jerry Brown.

Without a flinch, without a second of hesitation, the great Jerry Brown punched right back at Brokaw informing the national television audience that Mr. Tom Brokaw was an employee for the General Electric Corporation, which owned Brokaw's NBC, and which had given $350,000 in the 1990 elections. Brokaw was clearly furious with Brown for making that statement at the time, which most Americans did not know.

Of course, those who can remember, Tom Brokaw also did a hatchet job Governor Howard Dean as well in 2004. You know the same NBC whose Corporate CEO, Jack Welch, screamed to his NBC employees to "call the election" for George W. Bush in 2000. The incident was video taped. Welsh, who first denied it, later admitted that he had abused his position of the public corporation in trying to make its NBC Division call the election against Al Gore.That would be the same NBC that employed Tom Brokaw then, too.

So, tonight will clearly have an undertone to it that I have yet to see anyone in the media mention.

I remember. But I feel no one else does. It sets up quite a dynamic this evening where another sleazy Corporate CEO, like Jack Welsh, takes the stage. Meg Whitman, a darling of Wall Street will be debating Jerry Brown on NBC with, yes, Tom Brokaw.

No one seems to know. I know.

And Jerry Brown knows. And Tom (General Electric) Brokaw knows.

Don't tell me for one second that Tom Brokaw will a fair moderator in this debate. Past is prologue.

Please, help me pass this information along.

http://articles.latimes.com/1991-12-17/entertainment/ca...
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 03:54 PM
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1. thanks for the info--will do!
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:04 PM
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5. NBC is doing everything it can now to distance itself from MSNBC.
In fact, we have learned that MSNBC may have to even change its name.

So Brokaw's mission tonight is to show he's no Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman. He's going to show that he's an "NBC man".

Brokaw will make the debate all about him.

He can't change. He won't change.

He hates Jerry Brown.
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crazylikafox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:00 PM
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2. Anybody know if this will be carried nationally anywhere??
I'm in the east & would like to watch it if possible.

Thanks
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:02 PM
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3. There's a DU post with links to watch online
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


I'm all the more interested in seeing this debate now!
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crazylikafox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:02 PM
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4. Thanks!
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:49 PM
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8. Thanks for the link, arcane1.
:)
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:12 PM
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6. I hope Jerry asks Brokejaw to repeat his questions.
"I can't understand you, Tom. Can you repeat that question?"
"What's that? Can you speak a little more clearly?"
"Still don't know what you're saying, Tom. Can someone read his question to me?"

:rofl:

(Normally, I don't make fun of speech impediments, but I hate that smug Brokejaw.)
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 05:59 PM
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13. tom, can you sing a line from my favorite song:
''little old lady got mutilated late last night?''

werewolves of london again!!



ahhhhh-ooooooohhhhh!
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:18 PM
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7. This bit O' information is great to know.....
thanks.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:56 PM
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10. Hopefully, this will get picked up.
There is a story behind tonight's debate.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 04:53 PM
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9. Excellent context!
Thanks!
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 05:48 PM
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12. +100
I'd completely forgotten about their history until seeing this OP. Context, indeed!

Thanks to David Zephyr for remembering--and bringing it to our attention.

K&R

:kick:


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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 05:39 PM
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11. I'll be watching tonight in San Francisco
It's actually going to be broadcast live on our local NBC affiliate.

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be watching.

I saw a local interview last night with Brokaw. He seemed a little off his game.
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-12-10 06:02 PM
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14. what I need to know is why on EARTH did he agree to Brokaw, of all people, to be the moderator?
have they mended fences?

seems like both candidates have veto power over certain people, and if Brokaw isn't on Brown's, of whom could he have disapproved more than the lily livered ladler of illucidity?
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-13-10 06:45 PM
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15. they showed a clip just now from the Ed show. Brokaw's question had
Edited on Wed Oct-13-10 06:53 PM by Gabi Hayes
to do with the guy who called Whitman a whore!

he reiterated his apology, and she asked him why he refused to apologize!

EDIT: found some stuff/never mind

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-13-10 10:15 PM
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16. Kicking 'cuz I told ya so.
Brokaw did his deed.
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