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Brokaw trashes First Amendment, gushes over Clintons

Tom Brokaw on TodayTom Brokaw appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday to promote his new endeavor, The Brokaw Files, premiering on the Military Channel, but had some interesting things to say on other topics.

Referring to the Obama Justice Department investigating reporters, co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Brokaw about a recent comment he made saying that the press “shouldn’t have what you called a ‘glass jaw’ when it comes to some of these investigations, citing the First Amendment and threats to the First Amendment.”

“Well, the First Amendment is a critically important part of the Constitution,” Brokaw explained. “It is not unconditional, obviously. Any number of us over the years have been in dialogues and in conversations with senior government officials about when something can be disclosed and under what circumstances. And it’s kind of case by case. It’s not unconditional.”

When the conversation turned to Brokaw’s new show, Guthrie noted that he went through the NBC archives to pull historical coverage as part of his presentation. She referred to a clip from 1993 of President Clinton.

“How long do you think it’ll be, Mr. President, before there’s a first husband?” Brokaw asked Clinton in the interview.

“Not long. Not long,” Clinton replied as Hillary looked on.”I think there’ll be – a woman will be elected president probably in my lifetime.”

“Well, that’s a priceless piece of videotape,” Guthrie said.

“1993, that was the first year in office. And you saw the rapt attention that Mrs. Clinton was paying to all of that. It’s amazing when you stop and think about all that they’ve been through,” Brokaw gushed. “That was 1993, it’s 20 years ago, and they’re still at the top of the attention span in this country. No more prominent politician than Bill Clinton than what he’s doing with the Global Initiative. And the big question is, is she going to run when ’16 rolls around?”

Watch both segments via Newsbusters here.

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