Tom Brokaw: “A bit of a moron”

We are in Gallup, New Mexico, a bustling reservation/casino town near the Arizona border. After a long and tiring day drive through snow, slush and freezing rain, I was the potential cause of a vehicular accident driving last night, and had two near-misses merely going to Safeway. It was all I could do to park and hit the hay. I was a dangerous man.

I listened to an interview with Oliver Stone as we traveled yesterday. I’ve heard him speak before, and find him to be an intensely curious man who suffers fools with some grace. Possessing a high-profile, he can’t be ignored in popular culture, but he is marginalized. His movie JFK crosses the line where real journalists do not truck, and his recent TV documentary/book, Untold History of the United States is offensive to “real” historians, who are not allowed to discuss the subjects he does.

He talked about his first meetings with two important men in American history, James Garrison, the only man ever to take the official findings of the Warren Commission before a court, and Fletcher Prouty, an American military officer who has written about the formation of the CIA and the details of how it spread its tentacles throughout American government. He found them both to be reticent and untrusting, and understood, as both had been under attack by the CIA slime masters. It took time to gain their trust, but he formed lasting friendships with both.

In the movie JFK, Prouty is played by Donald Sutherland, and is a man who emerges front the shadows to inform Kevin Costner’s Garrison about how the decision to murder JFK came about.

  • Interesting side note: Most of the important officers of Kennedy’s cabinet had been dispatched overseas on 11/22/63, and were in flight over the Pacific when news arrived of the assassination. The pilot needed to communicate with Washington to get instructions and send messages, but found that the current code book usually on board was gone. Just as with the phone system in DC going down for several hours that day, the makers of this coup d’état had done their details, dispatching important officials and shutting down communications, as in any banana republic.

Prouty had been dispatched to Antarctica and was in Christchurch, New Zealand when he heard the news, and immediately sent out for the local newspaper. There he found a complete profile of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin. It was quite surprising, in retrospect, because given the twenty hour time difference, Oswald had only just that moment been arrested in Dallas. In other words, AP had the complete Oswald profile in advance, but let it go out too early. This assassination was well conceived and carried out, but they’re were many, many mistakes, this but one.

Stone’s movie JFK has weathered the test of time, and stands up well. He could not have known that the Zapruder film had been altered, and so relied too heavily on it. But the movie forced creation of the Assassinations Records Review Board, a so-so group that oversees [non] release of a government documents around the events of the sixties – there were many, many assassinations, JFK’s only the most prominent. CIA and other agencies are less prone these days to murder people if it can be avoided, as character assassination works as well. Men like Anthony Weiner, for example, having private peccadilloes, are as good as dead in the public eye, and so get to live.

Even so, anytime there is a prominent automobile or small plane crash, suicide, drug overdose or death by galloping cancer or heart attack at a young age, I immediately suspect Murder Incorporated, the CIA or FBI, as having a hand. I’ve simply seen too much. As the marble floor display says in the entrance to CIA’s Langley, Virginia headquarters, No Person, No Problem The Truth Will Set You Free. Thousands upon thousands who knew too much truth have been set free by this agency.

Stone said something in passing that made me chuckle. During the time of the 50th anniversary of the JFK murder, there was a nationwide media lockdown. Nothing but official lies were allowed to pass our airwaves. Even Dallas itself was locked down, and no critics of official truth were allowed near Dealey Plaza. This was done, Stone said, so that the latest generation of kids who might be curious about real history see nothing that stimulates curiosity. They want the Oswald story to be the only story our kids ever see.

In that light, AP reporters now refer to Oswald as “the” assassin of JFK, the word “alleged” now dropped.

That didn’t make me chuckle. Something else did. Stone said that as part of NBC’s coverage of the fiftieth, he did a one-hour interview with Tom Brokaw, which of course was reduced to a nondescript thirty-second clip by the “news” editors. But Stone’s reaction to having spent one hour with Brokaw is was caught my attention, and affirmed my own impression.

“Tom Brokaw is a bit of a moron,” he said. It wasn’t a bitter statement. He’s long understood the real role of American news media, to lie in a believable manner. It was just a passing note. Brokaw really is a bit of a moron.

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10 Responses to Tom Brokaw: “A bit of a moron”

  1. steve kelly says:

    It’s a wonder there aren’t at least (101) college classes in how to get ahead by being a bit of a moron. It seems to have almost universal appeal in our no-work, get-rich-quick rentier culture. Work, especially physical labor is considered strictly lower class. I’m waiting for the return of the “full-service” gas station.


  2. steve kelly says:

    Stone should consider his next movie location on the Syrian-Israeli border. There’s quite a story developing that nobody in the MSM will ever speak of.

    “These elements allow one to easily predict the future : in a few months, maybe even as early as late March, Washington and Tehran would reach an overall agreement. The United States will renew contact with Syria, closely followed by the European states, including France. We will discover that the el-Assad is neither a dictator nor a torturer. Therefore, the war against Syria will come to an end, while the main jihadist forces would be eliminated by a true international coalition. When this is all over, the surviving jihadists would be sent by the CIA to the Russian Caucasus and Chinese Xinjiang.” – Thierry Meyssan

    Remember “the pivot to Asia?” If you blink you’ll miss it. Poor Bibi just shot his whole 15 minutes in one speech before Congress.


    • Much information to absorb there, but recommended reading for anyone interested in the reality of international relations. According to Meyssan, at the behest of powerful voices in the US, including Lesley Gelb, the U.S. will soon be mopping up in Iraq and Syria, admitting that Bashar Assad is neither a torturer or dictator, shutting down ISIS and destroying any true jihadist elements within it, and refocusing all efforts on destabilizing Russia and China.

      But I have to ask if they could not even shut down the Taliban in 13 years, can they really even begin to handle Russians and Chinese? I get that they need war for war’s sake, but why not pick on someone small and defenseless, like, say Vietnam?


      • steve kelly says:

        Necessity? The dollar has reigned since the 50’s. Perhaps the BRICS have figured out a way to escape the grip of western banks. Should be mighty interesting.


  3. steve kelly says:

    Add another layer, and it looks like more than the climate is about to change.

    “Looking at this broad landscape of failure, there are two ways to interpret it. One is that the US officialdom is the most incompetent one imaginable, and can’t ever get anything right. But another is that they do not succeed for a distinctly different reason: they don’t succeed because results don’t matter. You see, if failure were a problem, then there would be some sort of pressure coming from somewhere or other within the establishment, and that pressure to succeed might sporadically give rise to improved performance, leading to at least a few instances of success. But if in fact failure is no problem at all, and if instead there was some sort of pressure to fail, then we would see exactly what we do see.”


    • Keep bringing them! Another good essay. Clipped this line:

      Various training runs, such as the military occupation of Boston following the staged bombings at the Boston Marathon, have already taken place.

      It is easy to see, looking at the evidence,that the Boston bombing was fake. But the “why?” is utterly perplexing to me.


      • steve kelly says:

        These “social engineering” types are consumate testers. Polls, focus groups, dry runs, and fake everything from food to elections. Looks to me like it’s smooth sailing if, and when, somthing resembling martial law comes to town. Again. Bozeman is ready. New jail, Bearcat armored vehicle, and God knows what else.


    • I do wish you’d let go of all the climate stuff, at least here. Since you don’t read much, you don’t realize it’s a subject I do not touch. I’ve seen groupthink with you and your right wing circles, with Democrats, and have no doubt it can happen to scientists too.


  4. Barry says:

    Our lab has procured and imported it from New Zealand.


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