This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC News dean Tom Brokaw discussing "common threats" but mentioning only far right examples when talking about internet driven violence like last week's shooting on GOP lawmakers, staff, and police by a left-wing 2016 Bernie Sander's volunteer.
The NBC News veteran delivered a commentary about hate speech in which he never mentioned the left.
On the June 18 edition of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, during which she earlier interviewed far-right conspiracy promoter Alex Jones, she cited the recent incident on a baseball field as she introduced Brokaw's piece about "hate speech." He denounced "the seizure on the internet by hate groups of all kinds spreading their cancer of wholesale racism and violence" and the "reach and the poisonous claims of Alex Jones and others like him, and even establishment public figures."
From the June 18 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly on NBC:
Megyn Kelly: "This past week there's been a lot of conversation about our toxic political culture, largely driven by the shooting of a congressman and others on a baseball field in Virginia. Tom Brokaw joins us to share some of his thoughts about hate speech and the internet in these challenging times. Tom?"
Tom Brokaw: "Thank you, Megyn. This is not an easy assignment for a journalist, a father, a grandfather, a citizen to try to understand the deep, dark hate that's coursing through our country and the instruments that spread it with a keystroke.
"When the internet first arrived, like everyone else, I was bedazzled by its possibilities for good and those qualities have only become so much more effective and pervasive.
"But I was also quickly aware of the underside, the seizure on the net by hate groups of all kinds spreading their cancer of wholesale racism and violence. I did two documentaries at the turn of the century called The Web of Hate hoping to slow that trend.
"But the reach and the poisonous claims of Alex Jones and others like him, and even establishment public figures, would not be slowed. We cannot disrupt the irrational spread of hate and division by instantly blindly blaming the other side or by looking away.
The parents of Newtown, it is not enough to say I cannot imagine because unless we're the parents, we can never, ever share the unremitting pain, the lifelong loss and anger, nor should they have to hear the cruel claim that it was a lie. No parent or grandparent in America today can escape the fear, the fear that it could happen again.
"We cannot allow the agents of hate to go unchallenged and become the imprint of our time. We'll always have differences, of course, but in our finest moments, we're a republic that thrives when it recognizes common threats and takes them on. That time is now again. This is a time of common threats requiring uncommon courage. It is a time to step up."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our
pick: "Did Brokaw record this before the the Scalise shooting? If so, why air something so obviously out of sync with events? If not, Brokaw is so blind to hate on the left that he cannot bring himself to even mention it when it is part of what led to the shooting of a congressman, a momentous incident. Apparently, all the hate is on the right no matter the evidence in Brokaw's face of strewn in bullets around a baseball field."
Rating: Four out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org