Tom Brokaw is a liar. He told the New York Times on Saturday that he was not intimidated by the Republican attacks on the media last week.
Mr. Brokaw said he was subjected to some “good natured ribbing, friendly fist-shaking,” in the hall, but “nothing out of the ordinary,” or, for that matter, nothing that would impede him from discharging his normal celebrity duties.
Stephanopoulos mouthed the same cliches last week that he was not part of any “media elite”. But this morning on Meet The Press and This Week Brokaw and Stephanopoulos might have just as well have been reading a script written by John McCain’s campaign staff as they interviewed Biden and Obama.
MR. BROKAW: I want to move on in a moment, but there’s another headline that appeared in the New York Post. Oprah Winfrey decided not to have Sarah Palin on the show before the election. “No-Prah!” That’s the New York Post headline. “TV first lady’s Palin insult,” as they called it. Oprah did come out for Barack Obama, did have him on the show. Do you think that some people will see that as an elitist position, that in some ways Democrats may be afraid of her, Sarah Palin?
Stephanopoulous asked an equally “Drudge” question early in the Obama interview about the Saddleback Forum and abortion.
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Reports: Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., admitted this weekend that his response on the definition of human life at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Forum was “probably” too flip.
When asked at what point a baby gains human rights, Obama said last month “that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.”
But in an exclusive “This Week” interview airing this morning, Obama told Stephanopoulos “what I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility…all I meant to communicate was that I don’t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.”
It’s very clear. Republican intimidation of the media works. We saw it leading up to the invasion of Iraq, when every one of the networks was afraid to question Bush on the reasons for war. Guys like Brokaw and Stephanopoulos talk a good game, but they are total pussies when the party in power calls them out. Although both Obama and Biden handled the hostile questions well, it was clear that NBC and ABC were trying to placate the Republicans. Later this week Sarah Palin will be interviewed by “Softball Charlie” Gibson. He’s even more easily cowed than Tom and George. Once that’s done, they can say that Sarah has been vetted by the media and she won’t have to have a press conference.