Except to Marbles Mouth. In short, as any good advocate and defense lawyer, Brokaw's mission is to drop seeds of doubt about Romney ('well, maybe he's not so bad') in persuadable voters' minds who are rightly repulsed by the man.
Using his undeserved exalted status, the pompous ass once again pushes back against the obvious and deliberate RACIST reference by Romney (who later claimed it was "a joke") before a star-crossed Larry-O: Please follow the Romney-Brokaw corporate narrative; it's more sophisticated than most. (In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Marbles Mouth had passed on friendly "advice" to Mitt on the Popeye thing, to smooth down his authentic obnoxious public persona: "I am what I am, and that's all I am." Recall that when Marbles Mouth meddled in resolving, at the highest NBC-FOX corporate levels, the simmering feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly — which we, the viewers, LOVED, because O'Reilly was being exposed nightly for the lying clown and sophist he is — Marbles Mouth said of Keith: "He is what he is.")
Acting essentially as a corporate Romney agent, Brokaw homogenizes/whitewashes and tries to debunk the OBVIOUS RACISM, as a deliberate strategy of the Romney camp: "He had to become something that he wasn't naturally, as a political candidate, during the primaries, and people emerged from that process uncertain about just who Mitt Romney is." (How so disingenuous. One would think Brokaw is a gullible rookie who hasn't been around the block at all ... but his rhetoric really appeals to swaying so-called "swing" or "independent" voters toward Romney. And how convenient is Marbles Mouth's selective memory regarding Mr. Etch-A-Sketch who has literally taken every position under the sun on virtually every issue dating back to his initial foray into politics. How do you explain your short-term memory loss, eh, Tommy-boy?!)
When Lawrence correctly characterizes the Romney birther "joke" as one of the "most extreme messages we've heard this year," Brokaw quickly slaps him down, something he could not do to Chris, because Chris said "I'm not done yet" and kept on talking. Here's Marbles Mouth pulling the wool over Lawrence's head, but not Jonathan Capehart's who, as a gay black man, is not one to be pushed around:
RIGHT. Jonathan pushed back right away, although, strangely, the usually trenchant commentator Joy-Ann Reid, like the ass-kissing Larry-O, seemed to be in Brokaw's thrall. I hope she's not the next to sell out, aka become a "team player." Here's Jonathan: "The day after that 'joke' was aired the New York Times ran a front-page story talking about how the Romney campaign has made its decision: They're going for working class white voters and doing all sorts of things to appeal to them. So whether it's the welfare ad, intentional or not, it plays into that narrative." Jonathan, you should be more like Touré on Romney's new attack line (are you listening, Tommy-boy?) insinuating Barack Obama is an "angry black man" (a classic RACIST appeal to the white man's deepest ethnic fears): “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like.” And: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” Here's Touré's reply:"I have a contrary point of view about what he said, and nobody knows what's on his mind" (but we know what the campaign's stated strategy is) ... he's "awkward," he was "riffing" (BULLSHIT; that was a "test drive" line, as the Pigman correctly, for once, noted), "if that were part of a longer narrative from him, I would take it much more seriously" ... (C'mon Marbles Mouth, stop bullshitting us already with the selective memory thing; may I point out the KKK language used in a state among the top in number of Klan chapters; you [Steve Capus] forced Chris to read a bogus on-air apology, discrediting a "blog" which as this blog researched and documented it, was utterly factual; the despicable four-pinnochios ad stirring up the welfare "dog whistles" — can y'all say RACIST — followed by Romney saying the welfare-workfare flexibility exemption at the request of GOP governors was somehow Obama appealing to his "base;" finally, Touré SPEAKING THE TRUTH, then forced to genuflect and apologize to Marbles Mouth's corporate partners.) Watch Marbles Mouth trying to minimize the whole thing, saying "I honestly don't know whether we can pin this on Gov. Romney to exacerbate again the birthing question" ... predicting it will have the "half-life of an amoeba."
So along comes Marbles Mouth to the rescue, fresh from a working round of golf, after the Romney campaign complained to NBC corporate executives. For the second time that we know of; and each time with the same result: NBC bows and genuflects rather than standing by their people and their reporting, as was customary for the press in days gone by, when it was truly independent and not corporate-owned. WaPo's Erik Wemple's white man sensibilities echoed the whitewash narrative. Touré and Jonathan Capehart know exactly what the Romney camp is up to. Still, Massah Marbles Mouth rules the roost. So much for the corporate media and the high art of propaganda."I mean, that really bothered me. You notice he says anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the “otherization”; he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say, I don’t say it lightly, but this is Niggerization. You are not one of use. You are like the scary black man we’ve been trained to fear."