Saturday, September 23, 2023

In supposed apology to Richard Jewell, Tom Brokaw revises history

NBC’s refusal to admit error is important because it brings us to the second problem with Brokaw’s supposed apology. He writes, “when the truth emerged i apologized.”

I find no evidence of Brokaw doing any such thing in 1996 after Jewell was cleared as a potential suspect. I checked the LexisNexis archives and found nothing. Searches of NBC News’s online properties also yielded no results. Neither NBCUniversal Archives nor NBC News have responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

If Brokaw ever did say he was sorry, it would have come as a surprise to Jewell, who told a Chicago Tribune columnist in 2003 that “nobody had apologized to him.”

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