Tom Brokaw Will Anchor Meet The Press Until November

22 06 2008

It appears that Tom Brokaw got the nod to replace Tim Russert on MTP until the election.

Mediabistro reports:

Breaking: NBC News has named Tom Brokaw moderator of Meet the Press through the 2008 presidential election. The news was announced on the program today, a little over a week after the death of Tim Russert.

“A lot has been said in recent days about what ‘Meet the Press’ means to NBC News and to the nation,” said NBC News President Steve Capus in a press release. “To have someone of Tom’s stature step up and dedicate himself to ensuring its ongoing success is not only a testament to his loyalty to Tim, but his enduring commitment to NBC News and our viewers.”

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6 responses

22 06 2008
Sharon Cobb

I wrote a story about this for tomorrow. I think it’s a great decision. I can’t imagine anyone but Brokaw being able to pull this off.

Election night, though, it’s going to be really tough for Brokaw and all of us. Russert was so proud of his privative chalk board, and no doubt Tom and all of us will have a hard time watching Brokaw without Russert that night.

Sharon (does she ever sleep?) Cobb

22 06 2008
newscoma

I was wondering if you ever slept as well. 🙂
I think it’s a smart choice as well. Brokaw is level-headed and I think it’s a good move.

22 06 2008
Chuck Todd Should Have Shaved The Goatee And Taken Voice Lessons : Post Politics: Political News and Views in Tennessee

[…] Newscoma thinks it a good decision, but is it? Brokaw’s got the years in the business and impeccable card reading skills but does he really know politics? I mean know politics? Like Russert did? Like Chuck Todd does? […]

22 06 2008
Ang

I wanted it to be Gwen Ifil.

24 06 2008
heartbreaktown

Gwen Ifil would be great.

29 06 2008
Bmunny

I’m so disappointed with Brokaw today that I had to find a blog to vent upon. I’ve been a devoted MTP viewer for a long time and while I knew that Tim Russert was irreplaceable, I held out hope that NBC would find someone who could at least attempt to carry on the tradition of doing your homework, holding politicians accountable for thier words and actions, and not letting them get away with avoiding direct answers to direct questions. Brokaw did none of the above.

I can’t stand it when interviewers let candidates and elected officials avoid tough questions and spew predetermined talking points. I understand that politicians are slippery and will hardly ever give a straight answer regardless of how many times/ways you ask the question, but the point is to press them for an answer regardless. This is one of the reasons why I set my alarm to 6:00 a.m. every Sunday to watch Tim Russert do his job. I won’t be doing that for a while.

Brokaw is capable in other roles, but not this one. Anybody from the News Hour would be better, and I agree that Gwen Ifill might fit the bill.

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