Exclusive - Tom Brokaw Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  06/20/13
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, news legend Tom Brokaw considers technology's effect on modern journalism. (7:11)

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT A LEGENDARY

NEWSMAN WHO IS CURRENTLY A

SPECIAL COHR COHR FOR NBC

NEWS, HE'S ALSO THE HOST OF

THE MILITARY CHANNEL THE

BROKAW FILES.

>> THE COURIER IS RETURNING

HOME AFTER 7 MONTHS AT SEA

HAVING PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE

IN THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

IN AFGHANISTAN.

OUR SAILORS ARE SAFELY HOME.

IN EVERY DIRECTION SMILES

AND KISSES, HUGS AND TEARS,

THEY'RE ALL RETURNING HOME

WITH ONE THING IN COMMON.

>> THANK YOU SO --

>> THEY'RE GRATEFUL TO BE

BACK.

>> PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW THE GREAT TOM

BROKAW.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

LISTEN, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW

WELL YOU'RE DOING AND HERE'S

HOW I KNOW.

I HAVE A FRIEND WHO DOESN'T

WATCH A LOT OF TELEVISION.

I SAID I WOULD BE ON THE

DAILY SHOW TOMORROW NIGHT.

AND HE SAID OH MY GOD, I

WATCHED THE OTHER NIGHT, JON

STEWART NOT WEARING GLASSES,

HE'S MAJOR RECONSTRUCTIONIVE

SURGERY, AND HE SAID HE

LOOKED A LOT BETTER AFTER

THE SURGERY.

AND SO I.

>> I WAS GOING GO A

DIFFERENT WAY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE

SURGERY CAN MAKE YOURSELF --

>> NOT AT ALL, JOHN, YOU HAD

THAT ONE COMING.

SO MR. BROKAW, SIR.

>> LET'S NOT START THAT.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BEING HERE, THE SHOW, THE

BROKAW FILES, IT'S LIKE "THE

X-FILES" EXCEPT IT'S TO THE

ABOUT THE PARANORMAL, IT'S

ABOUT A 40 YEAR DECORATED

CAREER IN JOURNALISM.

>> WELL, IT'S-- THAT'S VERY

NICE TO HEAR.

AND IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR

ME TO SEE MY HAIR HISTORY

AMONG OTHER THINGS FROM THE

KIND OF PETER PAN LOOK UNTIL

THE AGING GRAYING AARP

MEMBER.

>> COME ON, STOP IT.

IT IS AMAZING, IT'S AN

AMAZING ARCHIVE OF WORK TO

LOOK BACK ON.

THE INCREDIBLE MOMENT DURING

THE COMMAND NEVER CHIEF

EPISODE WHERE YOU'RE WITH

PRESIDENT CLINTON DURING THE

FIRST 100 DAYS.

AND THERE IS A SMALL MOMENT

WHERE GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS

HAS GIVEN A BRIEFING A AN AS

A JOURNALIST WHO LOOKS

BRIGHT INTOED CAMERA SAID

THIS BRIEFING IS GOING TO BE

AROUND THE WORLD REASON 48

HOURS.

YOU THINK 48 HOURS.

>> RIGHT.

>> THAT WAS 48 SECONDS DELAY,

THERE WOULD BE A RIOT IN THE

PRESS CORPS NOW.

CLEARLY JOURNALISM HAS GOT

FASTER.

HAS IT GOT BETTER BEARING IN

MIND THAT THE ANSWER IS NO.

(LAUGHTER)

>> HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE.

AND IT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE.

ALL OF YOU CAN NO LONGER

JUST BE COUCH POTATOES, YOU

CAN NO LONGER JUST GO OFF

WITH A PAPER IN THE MORNING

AND TUNE INTO ONE OF THE

THREE MAINSTREAM OR AS SARA

PALIN LIKES TO SAY

LAMESTREAM MEDIA.

>> SHE DOES LIKE TO SAY.

>> YOU HAVE TO WORK HARDER

AT IT NOW.

IF YOU WORK HARDER AT IT,

FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE A FRIEND

WHO IS THE EDITOR OF A PAPER

IN YOUR COUNTRY, ONE OF THE

GREAT PAPERS IN THE WORLD,

THE FINANCIAL TIMES.

I CAN GO UP ON A KEYSTROKE

NOW IN THE MORNING AND SEE

WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING ABOUT

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE

EURO ZONE, WITH THE MIDDLE

EAST.

SO IF YOU WORK HARDER AT IT

YOU CAN PULL OUT A LOT OF

REMARKABLY RELIABLE AND

HIGHLY CREDIBLE INFORMATION.

THE PROBLEM IS EVERYTHING

MOVES AT WARP SPEED NOW AND

THE SCREEN IS SO CLUTTERED

WITH CHAT AND PEOPLE WHO

JUST WANT TO MAKE AS MUCH

MISCHIEF OR VICIOUS ATTACKS

AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN.

>> HAS THE SPEED COST US

THOUGHT, HAS IT COST US JUST

BASIC PAUSE FOR THOUGHT.

BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE, IT'S

JUST A RACE TO BE FIRST NOW.

>> WHEN I WAS THE WHITE

HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DURING

WATERGATE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT

WAS THE GREATEST CRISIS IN

THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY AND

IT WAS A TERRIBLY DEMANDING

JOURNALISTIC ASSIGNMENT.

SO I SPENT ALL DAY TRYING TO

FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE

WHITE HOUSE, HOW CONGRESS

AND THE COUNTRY WAS REACTINGMENT

I GO ON NIGHTLY NEWS LAST

NIGHT AND AT 7:00 I START

WORKING THE PHONES AGAIN,

FOR THE NEXT MORNING'S

APPEARANCE ON THE "TODAY

SHOW".

NOW IF I WERE THERE, THEY

WOULD HIT A SWITCH AND AT

7:00 CHRIS MATTHEW WAS BE

SAYING TO ME DON'T YOU THINK

HE'S GUILTY.

DON'T YOU THINK THAT WE

OUGHT TO JUST HAING UP FROM

ITS GALLOWS NOW.

THERE ISN'T THAT OPPORTUNITY

FOR THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO

BE DONE.

ON THE OTHER HAND THERE IS A

LOT OF VERY GOOD WORK THAT

IS BEING DONE.

IT JUST DOESN'T GET THE A

FINANCIAL AND CLATTER THAT

PASSES FOR A LOT OF WHAT WE

ARE SEEING.

>> NO QUESTION.

YOU TAKE THE BOSTON BOMBING

AND JUST THE VISUAL MESS

THAT WAS VOMITED IN FRONT OF

PEOPLE ON TELEVISION.

IT WAS-- YOU ARE WATCHING

CNN.

IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE

LITERALLY TALKING FASTER

THAN THEY WERE THINKING.

>> YES.

>> THEY HAD REMOVED THEIR

INTERNAL MONOLOGUE AND WERE

JUST THROWING WORDS AT THE

CAMERA.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE

BEEN SAYING AND I WAS

TALKING TO A GROUP JUST

TODAY, WE'VE GOT TO GET IN

FRONT OF TECHNOLOGY AND NOT

ALWAYS BE BEHIND.

AND WE'RE CHASING IT

CONSTANTLY NOW.

AS I WATCH THE BOSTON

BOMBING I KEPT SAYING WHERE

IS THE NARRATIVE.

WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE NOT

SEEING THAT WE NEED TO KNOW.

THERE-- THE TEMPTATION IS

ALWAYS JUST TO TELL WITH YOU

WHAT YOU ARE SEEING RIGHT IN

FRONT OF YOU.

SO I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO

HAVE THAT DIALOGUE WITHIN

JOURNALISM ITSELF.

AND FOR THAT MATTER I THINK

WE HAVE TO HAVE IT IN THE

COUNTRY.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH

ALL THIS TECHNOLOGY AND THE

POWER AND THE REACH THAT IT

HAS TO USE IT MORE WISELY.

I DON'T THINK THAT WE OUGHT

TO SUPPRESS SPEECH BUT I DO

THINK THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT

HOW --

>> NOW SCOTT PELLEY

DELIVERED A VERY BLISTERING

SPEECH WHEN HE WAS PICKING

UP THE-- AWARD WHEN HE WAS

TALKING TO THIS, SAYING

JOURNALISM HAS BECOME GOSSIP.

DUE TO THINGS LIKE TWITTER

AND READ-IT, WHICH HE DOES

NOT COUNT AS JOURNALISM.

I GUESS THEY ARE NOT

JOURNALISM, THAT IS JUST

PEOPLE VIEW THINGS.

>> THEY ARE TOOLS.

AND THERE IS SOMETHING KIND

OF USEFUL AN THERE'S AN

ADAPTATION GOING ON THAT

YOUNGER AUDIENCES AND

YOUNGER USERS OF THIS

TECHNOLOGY ARE ABLE TO SORT

OUT BETTER THAN PEOPLE MY

AGE AND SCOTT'S AGE.

WE'RE STILL TRYING TO ADAPT

TO IT.

IT'S NOW FOR MOST YOUNG

PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE,

IT'S ROUTINE FOR THEM TO GET

SOME INFORMATION FROM

TWITTER OR FROM FACEBOOK OR

FROM THE OTHER PLACES.

THE QUESTION IS HOW MUCH

DOES IT HOLD UP.

AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS FLYING

BY YOU AND DOESN'T GIVE YOU

THE CONTEXT THAT YOU NEED.

GOSSIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN A

CONTROL.

YOU COME FROM A COUNTRY

WHERE THE TABS HAVE BEEN BIG

AND ARE LARGER NOW THAN THEY

PROBABLY HAVE BEEN.

>> WE ARE'S THE BIGGEST SCUM

BAGS IN THE WORLD.

>> BUT I JUST THINK DO YOU

EVER FINE YOURSELF WATCHING

THE NEWS LIKE MICHAEL JORDAN

WATCHES BASKETBALL NOW.

I JUST THINK TO YOU AT HOME,

I JUST PICTURE YOU AT HOME

LIKE IN TEAR AWAY SWEAT

PANTS GOING GET ME IN THE

GAME.

THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT.

GO YOU HAVE TIME TO STICK

AROUND TO HAVE A DISCUSSION

ON THE WEB S THAT OKAY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

THE BROKAW FILES AIR

TOMORROW AT 10 P.M.

THE WONDERFUL TOM BROKAW,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

(APPLAUSE)

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