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By Jonah Goldberg | November 11, 2011
You know who I blame for the terrible tone in American politics? Tom Brokaw. No, not the man himself, but what he represents. Since Dan Rather famously beclowned himself, Mr. Brokaw stands as the last of the respected "voice of God" news anchors (CBS News executive Don Hewitt's phrase). These were the oracles who simply declared what was news and what wasn't. Walter Cronkite, the prize of the breed, used to end his newscasts, "And that's the way it is" -- as if he were speaking not just with journalistic but also epistemological and ontological authority.
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September 15, 2014
Recently a friend and I had a stopover at Philadelphia International Airport, and as we walked toward our terminal gate we saw a commotion ahead with American flags and the sound of applause. To my delight, it turned out to be a group of World War II veterans returning from a convention in Florida. One of the veterans' peers announced to the crowd the branch in which each man served; to our surprise, a few of them had served in as many as three branches. Most of the veterans were wheelchair-bound, but about 10 to 15 of them brought up the rear sans assistance.
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NEWS
December 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife escaped injury in a three-car accident on a New York City highway that killed one woman and injured a mail truck driver Friday. The accident happened about 1 p.m. as Brokaw was driving in the left lane of the northbound Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. The Brokaws said they noticed a spool of cable bouncing in the far right lane, which caused the driver of the green SUV to lose control as she tried to avoid it. The Brokaws said the SUV slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the couple's lane.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow, an incurable type of the disease that kills about 10,700 people a year. But for the 22,000 diagnosed annually, including recently Tom Brokaw, former NBC news anchor, there are new options for treatment and more kinds of therapies in the works, according to Dr. Gary I. Cohen, medical director of the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He answers questions about the disease. What is multiple myeloma?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2011
Food, spies, money, politics, education and war are on the agenda for the sixth season of the Baltimore Speakers Series, which returns in October at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Among the eight luminaries who will be speaking in the series sponsored by Stevenson University are former Washington schools superintendent Michelle Rhee, former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and sustainable food champion Michael Pollan. In addition, former U.S. military commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal will speak, as will Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and Ron Chernow, biographer of business titans J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 1, 2004
Tom Brokaw's mother once told him a story that helped shape how he approached his work as anchor of NBC Nightly News. His grandfather, she told him long ago, was a South Dakota farmer in the 1920s. One Christmas, he received enough money to buy a crystal radio set. From then on, Brokaw's grandfather listened to news reports on the two-tube contraption "sitting up half the night, headsets on, forgoing sleep, listening through the static." The image of his grandfather listening, fascinated, never faded.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
If you don't know by now about the truly sick comments MSNBC host Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin, you need to see this video. And then, you might want to ask yourself how it is that Bashir is still on the air. And why aren't folks like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, who claim to speak for NBC News, not speaking out about this? Those are some of the questions we asked in a spirited discussion on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" Sunday morning on Fox News. Kurtz's other guest is Joe Concha, columnist at Mediaite.
FEATURES
By Verne Gay and Verne Gay,Newsday | December 8, 2007
Like any good journalist, which he indisputably is, Tom Brokaw has a tough time with the word "I." Using "I" means talking about yourself, and saying what you think and feel and believe. It's a great word for a talk-show host. It's a terrible word for a veteran TV journalist who's spent the past 40 years keeping onlookers out of the sanctum sanctorum inside his head. On TV 1968 With Tom Brokaw airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on the History Channel.
NEWS
September 2, 1993
A FAMILIAR face, but one not often seen anymore, popped up recently on a rerun of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on cable TV's Nick at Nite.In this episode from about 1974, the fellow with the familiar face had a short scene with only a few lines. But when he made his unexpected appearance in the WJM newsroom, the surprised studio audience let out a robust round of applause that lasted some 15 to 20 seconds.Was this visitor a famous movie or TV actor? A beloved sports idol? A renowned public official?
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 26, 1995
PBS and NBC will team up again to provide coverage of the 1996 Republican and Democratic national conventions, PBS President Ervin S. Duggan announced yesterday."
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Regarding your editorial on the National Security Agency, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, newscaster Tom Brokaw asked "why didn't our intelligence agencies know this might happen?" ( "Holding the NSA to account," Dec. 17.) At the time many people said: "We need to do something. " Well, something was done. And now it's wrong? I don't care if my calls, emails, etc., are looked at or listened to. If, in doing so, the agency is able to see or hear about a plot against us, that is a good thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
If you don't know by now about the truly sick comments MSNBC host Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin, you need to see this video. And then, you might want to ask yourself how it is that Bashir is still on the air. And why aren't folks like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, who claim to speak for NBC News, not speaking out about this? Those are some of the questions we asked in a spirited discussion on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" Sunday morning on Fox News. Kurtz's other guest is Joe Concha, columnist at Mediaite.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | November 20, 2013
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy came up one day several years ago, in a jarring way, and at a moment when I least expected it. I was fishing with Bill Burton and Calvert Bregel, two of my older, wiser friends. We were knee-deep in the Gunpowder River, in northern Baltimore County. "You know what?" Calvert said, looking downstream and squinting, as if to dislodge a memory. "I haven't been here in a long time, but I think there used to be a nice covered bridge over this river.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | November 11, 2011
You know who I blame for the terrible tone in American politics? Tom Brokaw. No, not the man himself, but what he represents. Since Dan Rather famously beclowned himself, Mr. Brokaw stands as the last of the respected "voice of God" news anchors (CBS News executive Don Hewitt's phrase). These were the oracles who simply declared what was news and what wasn't. Walter Cronkite, the prize of the breed, used to end his newscasts, "And that's the way it is" -- as if he were speaking not just with journalistic but also epistemological and ontological authority.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2011
Food, spies, money, politics, education and war are on the agenda for the sixth season of the Baltimore Speakers Series, which returns in October at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Among the eight luminaries who will be speaking in the series sponsored by Stevenson University are former Washington schools superintendent Michelle Rhee, former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and sustainable food champion Michael Pollan. In addition, former U.S. military commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal will speak, as will Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and Ron Chernow, biographer of business titans J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller.
NEWS
December 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife escaped injury in a three-car accident on a New York City highway that killed one woman and injured a mail truck driver Friday. The accident happened about 1 p.m. as Brokaw was driving in the left lane of the northbound Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. The Brokaws said they noticed a spool of cable bouncing in the far right lane, which caused the driver of the green SUV to lose control as she tried to avoid it. The Brokaws said the SUV slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the couple's lane.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | July 23, 1993
Los Angeles -- Who would have thought three months ago, in the wake of the "Dateline" debacle, that Tom Brokaw and NBC News President Andrew Lack would be crowing about ratings?* Ratings for "Dateline" are now higher than they were before the rigged test-crash of a GM truck was exposed in March. The newsmagazine show now wins its time period almost every week.* "Today" is back in a tie for first place with ABC's "Good Morning America" after running second for more than a year.* And "The NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" has moved ahead of CBS since the network paired Dan Rather and Connie Chung.
FEATURES
By MIKE LITTWIN | October 13, 1995
O.J.'s not giving up. There's no quit in the man. He's the Seattle Mariners of double-murder defendants.It's not enough that he has been declared not guilty by a jury of his peers. He wants you to believe he's innocent, too. You, me, your obnoxious brother-in-law, Paula Barbieri's dad, Hertz, everybody.O.J.'s latest trial has moved from the L.A. County courthouse to your front door. And O.J. is willing to take the stand this time, on your porch if he has to.If it's not NBC -- and he really wanted the gig; he just couldn't go through with it because of the darn lawyers -- he's going to tell his version of the story to Larry King or to the New York Times or, for all I know, American Cutlery.
FEATURES
By Verne Gay and Verne Gay,Newsday | December 8, 2007
Like any good journalist, which he indisputably is, Tom Brokaw has a tough time with the word "I." Using "I" means talking about yourself, and saying what you think and feel and believe. It's a great word for a talk-show host. It's a terrible word for a veteran TV journalist who's spent the past 40 years keeping onlookers out of the sanctum sanctorum inside his head. On TV 1968 With Tom Brokaw airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on the History Channel.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 3, 2004
No anchorman in the history of American television has ever been as groomed and prepped as Brian Williams was to take over NBC Nightly News from Tom Brokaw last night. The transition was announced 2 1/2 years ago, and for the past 10 years Williams has been sitting in at the Rockefeller Center anchor desk in New York any time Brokaw needed to be away from it. "One of the things we're very proud of is that we've planned for a long time to make this a very smooth, seamless transition," Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, said this week.
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