- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tom Brokaw says modern technology has stripped the media’s ability to shape narratives and created a perpetual “jump ball” atmosphere.

The iconic broadcaster made the comments Monday evening while talking about his new book, ”The Fall of Richard Nixon,” on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“The big, big difference between then and now is social media,” Mr. Brokaw told the host. “The fact is that this technological change — and I do believe that the people ought to have access to stating what they believe and what they want to be involved in — but we’ve lost control of it because you don’t know where it’s coming from, where it’s going, what the motivation is.”

The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor said too many people say “I believe that” when viewing material that hasn’t been vetted for accuracy.

“It doesn’t mean that those of us who were White House correspondents or in American journalism had all the answers as well,” he said. “But we worked very hard at determining what, in fact, had happened because we were liable for it at the end of the day, and the country paid attention to it on that basis. But now it’s jump ball 24/7.”

Mr. Brokaw also said that impeachment hearings against President Trump appears to have devolved into a partisan “show” that is boring Americans.

“I think you do have to keep track of it, but I can also see how it makes the American voters’ eyes glaze over,” he said. “Because it doesn’t seem to be anything except a show on both sides. And I think that’s the really dangerous proposition that we’re dealing with now.”

He concluded his segment by warned of “rough waters ahead of us.”

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