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Wed Dec 9, 2015, 01:08 PM

On NBC Nightly News, Tom Brokaw Blasts Trump's "Dangerous Proposal" To Ban Muslims

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NBC Veteran Journalist Tom Brokaw Blasts Trump's "Dangerous Proposal" To Ban Muslims

Brokaw: "In My Lifetime Alone, We Have Been Witness To The Consequences Of Paranoia Overriding Reason": Japanese Interment, Nazi Germany, And McCarthy's Anti-Communist Witch Hunt


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December 8, 2015 8:25 PM EST MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

From the December 8 edition of NBC's NBC Nightly News:

LESTER HOLT (HOST): Finally tonight, we return to our lead story, the uproar over Donald Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering this country. In the heat of the political moment,replete with examples of fear and intolerance take hold and an entire category of people is marginalized. Tom Brokaw offers reflections now on the hard lessons of the past.

TOM BROKAW: Donald Trump's promise to ban all Muslims from coming to America is more, much more than a shouted campaign provocation. Trump's statement, even in this season of extremes, is a dangerous proposal that overrides history, the law and the foundation of America itself. In my lifetime alone, we have been witness to the consequences of paranoia overriding reason. During WWII, law-abiding Japanese-American citizens were herded into remote internment camps, losing their jobs, businesses, and social standing, while all Japanese-American division fought heroically in Europe. At the same time in Germany, a regime that declared war on its own citizens if they were Jewish. And Germany paid the ultimate price. Defeat and history's condemnation. But after the war, America still had to learn about demagoguery the hard way. Senator Joe McCarthy's reckless anti-communist witch hunt, making ever more outrageous claims, damaging reputations, until one day--

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All of that while African-Americans whose ancestors came here as slaves were treated as second or even third class citizens in uniform and out. Yes, the jihadists are radical Muslims, but they are a minority in a world with a billion and a half Muslims. Even so, defeating ISIS will be long, hard, and expensive. Perhaps even more so now, because ISIS is likely to use Donald Trump's statements as a recruiting tool. Kareem Khan, a Muslim, responded to a different kind of recruiting, 9/11. An American citizen, he joined the American army to show that not all Muslims are fanatics. He was killed in Iraq in 2007 by an IED, just 20 years old. Mr. Trump cannot exclude him from America. He has a permanent home here, in section 60, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Hissyspit Dec 2015 OP
patsimp Dec 2015 #1
Katashi_itto Dec 2015 #2
patsimp Dec 2015 #11
brucefan Dec 2015 #4
Hekate Dec 2015 #8
patsimp Dec 2015 #10
Hekate Dec 2015 #12
Gman Dec 2015 #3
napkinz Dec 2015 #5
Hissyspit Dec 2015 #7
Hekate Dec 2015 #6
RockaFowler Dec 2015 #9

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 01:11 PM

1. on aother note: tom brokaw is republican stooge.

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Response to patsimp (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 01:24 PM

2. Well gosh I guess that invalidates everything he just said here then.

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:06 PM

11. i don't care what brokow, the hypocrite, has to say

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Response to patsimp (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:21 PM

4. Mush mouth

Is trying to find a way to say "Both sides do it "

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Response to brucefan (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:38 PM

8. Not from what I saw. More like "Look in your mirror, America"

Look hard at what ignorance, hatred, panic, and a mob mentality can do to a country, any country. Gaze at that Abyss.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:05 PM

10. browkaw feeds into that when he discusses liberals

his words are meaningless and hypocritical to me.

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Response to patsimp (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:09 PM

12. Fine, don't listen to him. Denigrate his message. Discount his impact on the public.

I'm sure you can get a spot on the Nightly News and craft words that will have an impact on the sorry state of things. Go to it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:18 PM

3. Lay off Trump. We so need Trump for the GOP nominee

Quite possibly the entire map of the country would be blue in November and we'd have a real shot at taking back the House.

So lay off Trump.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:28 PM

5. here's the video ...

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Response to napkinz (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:35 PM

7. Thanks. Nt

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:33 PM

6. 5th Rec. I caught that and Brokaw was magnificent

He was saying all the things I've been thinking, and I was so heartened that public figures like him are finally speaking out.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:42 PM

9. This was needed last night

So glad NBC Nightly News had the guts to tell the truth.

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