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Tom Brokaw on Campaign Coverage
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There was an amazing intergenerational moment on air last week, as former NBC TV news anchor Tom Brokaw faced cable talker Chris Matthews in the egg-on-the-face aftermath of the media’s New Hampshire miscall.

Clinton had won, not Obama as predicted, and Brokaw suggested that just maybe America’s political pundits were going to have to cool their jets, and let voters vote before calling the ’08 elections.

“Then what do we talk about?” Matthews essentially replied. “Plenty,” said Brokaw.

This hour, On Point: Tom Brokaw on the ’08 race, and getting campaign coverage right.

-Tom Brokaw

Guests:

Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. His new book is “Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today.”

Juliet Eilperin, national political reporter for The Washington Post.

Mickey Kaus, author of the Kausfiles blog covering politics and the media for Slate magazine.

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