I’m still working on this week’s column, but didn’t want this to pass. Amid all of the millions of words of criticism of the media written or uttered in the past few days (including my own), the vast majority of them have focused on active missteps, errors, faux expertise, laughable pontificating and the rest, but little on serious omissions. So let’s note that Tom Brokaw, of all people, yesterday stepped in, if briefly, to provide some badly needed scene-setting, sounding more like Glenn Greenwald than a reasonable impression of himself.
Here’s the transcript, with video below:
I think that there’s something else that goes beyond the event that we’ve all been riveted by in the last week. We have to work a lot harder as a motivation here. What prompts a young man to come to this country and still feel alienated from it, to go back to Russia and do whatever he did—and I don’t think we’ve examined that enough? I mean, there was 24/7 coverage on television, a lot of newspaper print and so on, but we have got to look at the roots of all of this because it exists across the whole subcontinent, and the—and the Islamic world around the world. And I think we also have to examine the use of drones that the United States is involved—and there are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. And I can tell you having spent a lot of time over there, young people will come up to me on the streets and say, we love America, but if you harm one hair on the head of my sister, I will fight you forever and there is this enormous rage against what they see in that part of the world as a presumptuousness of the United States.