Brokaw Frets to McCain: Trump ‘Turned the Country Against’ Media

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Kyle Drennen
November 2, 2017

In an interview with Arizona Senator John McCain for Thursday’s NBC Today, Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw invited the Republican lawmaker to attack President Trump and painted the liberal media as the victim: “In the course of your political career, especially as a presidential candidate – as I learned first hand – you had some mixed relations with the press. The President has no use for the press, he has turned the country against us, in many ways.”

McCain was quick to agree with Brokaw’s whining: “Yeah, I think the role of the press is more important than ever before. I hate the press, okay? But the fact is, without a free press in this country, a pillar of democracy is destroyed.”

At the top of the segment, Brokaw touted a speech McCain delivered to the Naval Academy on Monday as being “a warning not just for the cadets, but for the country as a whole.” A soundbite followed of the Senator taking a not-so-veiled swipe at Trump: “We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on Earth by tearing down walls, not building them.”

After recalling the 50th anniversary of McCain being captured by the Vietcong during the Vietnam war, Brokaw worried: “Do you think we’re more divided now than we were then?” McCain replied: “No, I think we were more divided then because we were talking about body bags.”

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