Tom Brokaw Attacked for Hispanic Comments, Apologizes

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 10:30 AM
Tom Brokaw Attacked for Hispanic Comments, Apologizes

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

NBC's Tom Brokaw has been forced to apologize for comments made during his "Meet the Press" segment this past Sunday morning. During a panel discussion about the fight for a border wall, the veteran reporter let slip this quote:

"I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time. You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly."

Shortly after this, Brokaw was attacked on Twitter by various public figures.

After considerable lashing from several other prominent Twitter users, Brokaw issued an apology. "i am sorry, truly sorry, my comments were offensive to many," he said via Twitter. "the great enduring american tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished. yamiche, thank u for your comments. let’s go forward together."

However, this apology doesn't seem to be enough for some. The National Association for Hispanic Journalists issued a response to Brokaw's comments:

"Today, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) reprehend both the commentary and apology by journalist, Tom Brokaw, as well as the lack of response by NBC News to the inaccurate representation of Hispanics’ need to “assimilate”, comments by Brokaw on the Meet the Press segment with Chuck Todd."

It's unclear whether more action, official or otherwise, will be taken by or against Brokaw.