“Listen, I just want to say one thing”

Tom Brokaw was thinking back to the 60’s on inauguration day, and he chose to emphasize that well-worn playbook page on divisiveness.  Curious choice – shouldn’t “hope” and “change” be an optimistic focus on the future rather than a pining for the worst of the bad ol’ days? From newsbusters.org:

Listen, I just want to say one thing. Having been in the South in the ’60s and Los Angeles, in Watts and northern urban areas, when we were evolving as a country, I’m thinking of all the bigots and rednecks and people I met along the way. I’m saying to them, “Take this.” You know?

Tom Brokaw, on “Morning Joe”, MSNBC, 1/20/2009

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