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From Wed May 29 14:51:07 PDT 1996
Article: 40058 of alt.revisionism
From: (Jamie McCarthy)
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Rimland "paraphrases" Brokaw
Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 00:45:24 -0400
Organization: Absence Software
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On the evening of April 29, 1996, Tom Brokaw took a question from the
audience on Larry King Live.  The following conversation ensued
(paragraph breaks added for readability):

   LARRY KING: The lady.
   4th AUDIENCE MEMBER: Mr. Brokaw, we enjoy your in depth stories
   every evening, but I wonder - you mentioned choosing which stories
   are put on the air - is there an issue facing the country right now,
   that you feel is not getting enough coverage?
   LARRY KING: Good question.
   TOM BROKAW: Well, I think - Yeah, I do. I think that the single most
   difficult issue that we face in America is the continuing conflict
   over race. Black, white, brown and Asian. And we have not resolved
   Thirty years ago when I was covering Watts and covering the south I
   really thought that in my lifetime I would see a resolution of that.
   In some ways, I think, if you ask people of good will - whatever
   their color - whether it's better or worse now, in some ways it's
   worse, it's more polarized.
   TOM BROKAW: I think that there is more suspicion. There has been
   less of an effort to find a kind of commonwealth here. I think
   people are better organized now than they were 30 years ago. I think
   that there is- we just have not been able to get over a kind of a
   moral hurdle when it comes to race. And this flies back and forth
   across the racial line. You know, not all of the responsibility lies
   with the white majority population. Certainly all people of color
   have to think about how they look at each other and what they bring
   to their first impression.
   LARRY KING: Should we cover it better?
   TOM BROKAW: Yes, I think we should. I think we should cover it more
   honestly. I think that we should be bolder in our coverage of it.
   And I think that- and it is, as you know, in your own newsrooms,
   it's an incendiary issue, because people quickly become polarized.
   'Well, we're going to cover it this way,' and people say, 'Well, no
   we can't do that because it will be politically incorrect or make
   people feel bad.'
   I think that this society has got to start talking about race in
   ways that it has not and I say to folks when I go out around the
   country, if I am talking to a black audience I will say do you have
   any white friends that you have dinner with and do you ask them the
   questions that you discuss among each other? I say to my white
   friends, when was the last time you had a really heart to heart
   conversation with a black person?
   In this community of Los Angeles, where you have such a melting pot
   - I was just reading today that Korean merchants for example, feel
   that they have not recovered from the riots of the Rodney King era
   and they are struggling to find their place.
   LARRY KING: And there will be another show tomorrow.
   TOM BROKAW: Never stops.
   LARRY KING: And you know that that is coming.
   TOM BROKAW: Exactly. And it is an issue that we have not put on the
   national agenda as we did during the 1960s.
   LARRY KING: Back with more and more questions for Tom Brokaw on
   Larry King Live, right after this. Don't go away.
   [Commercial break]

On May 10th, 1996, Ingrid Rimland sent out a Zuendelgram about this
interview.  Ingrid Rimland is the webmaster of Ernst Zuendel's
Zuendelsite.  Ernst Zuendel is Canada's most prominent self-described
National Socialist, aka Nazi.
   Subject: ZGram May 10, 1996 - "Tom Brokaw paraphrased"
   * A few days ago I watched Tom Brokaw, prime anchor of NBC News,
   answer a question on "Larry King" from the audience:
   "What topic do you feel is NOT adequately covered in the news?"
   Brokaw's reply was revealing, which I am paraphrasing here.  It went
   something like this:
   "There is one theme that's universally eschewed in our society, and
   that is that all people are created different.  Equality such as we
   all give lip service to today is a political ideal that grew out of
   the Sixties;  it's not a scientific fact.
   Society reflect that realization, and it is troubling and dividing. 
   Taboos are held in check by labels such as "racism," but that does
   not do justice to the sore, which is intellectual dishonesty for the
   sake of political expediency.  We in broadcasting don't touch on
   that because we are all cowards, and because we know to do so would
   be professional suicide.
   Yet it is there, and it is polarizing us.  We've got to face up to
   this issue.  We in America have tried for thirty years to come go
   grips with it, and we don't manage to get to the core.  We dress it
   up.  We dance around it.  We engage in amazing mental contortions.
   And yet here is a maxim that the different races themselves
   instinctively know - be they black, white, brown, whatever.  We all
   know it is there.  We all know it is valid.  But we are all too
   cowardly to cover it and come to grips with it."
   That's what he said.  I heard him.  Loud and clear.
   Only that's not HOW he said it.  The way he said it was: 

No comment is necessary on the amazing extent to which Ms. Rimland has
distorted the truth.  It stands as a shining example of "revisionist"
research skills and scholarship.

In my opinion, the worst thing is that, if she had wanted to check her
libelous creation against the original, she was quite capable of doing
so.  The transcript of that Larry King show had been available at CNN's
web site since May 2nd, eight days before her Zgram went out.

Posted to alt.revisionism;  emailed to Ingrid Rimland, NBC Nightly News
with Tom Brokaw, and CNN Feedback.
 Jamie McCarthy     Co-Webmaster of
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