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Goldberg: Blame it on Brokaw
Goldberg: Blame it on Brokaw

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, 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. You can still find this sort of hubris on the masthead of the New York Times, which proclaims...

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