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And -- got to hear from former President Bill Clinton a and we will bring of that speech as soon as it happens but first we're joined by the author of a terrific new book the time of our lives which is now out in paperback NBC news special correspondent Tom Brokaw or you sir John I -- -- programming on but we really appreciated that and I -- the book we just talk about Tim Russert didn't.
And big Russ and -- the books that he wrote how successful they were and I love the greatest generation was also awesome.
-- that a lot of conventions covered a lot of conventions.
We saw pretty unique scene on on the floor earlier today where you know they had taken out of the democratic platform a reference to god and Jerusalem.
Was not the capital of Israel and the boos were -- what did you think of that.
Well I you know -- -- how that kind of thing happens is beyond me I must say -- this is a little proposal last week although I know a lot of people -- it.
But when Clint Eastwood got on stage and begin wandered around and doing the -- -- was doing.
So these things to be tightly scripted applause -- but something always gets life why the Democrats would do that to themselves is.
Beyond me now having especially because they had these references and -- warm -- would take it out you know you -- conventions and I've watched you a lot over the years when.
It's always going to be a simple 101 question are you better off than you were four years ago.
And you see the answers that have been flying around little no maybe yes by every measure in complete school.
-- what do you.
Well I reduce it to this size that on here right here is what I think the campaign is gonna come down to governor Romney's gonna say about Obama -- these W.
And the president's gonna say about Romney look what he's going to do to you.
So I think that's probably going to be the intersection -- I will say this Sean I do think.
-- this downturn was deeper and wider than anybody anticipated including Republicans and Democrats.
Well we -- look at the numbers having a pretty significant -- -- -- -- saw the ABC you know Washington Post -- but 69% say that the country is on the wrong track.
Others that is we -- what -- only what 31% of voters believe that we -- in a better shape now that we were four years -- very difficult reelection conditions for anybody.
Absolutely and in fact I've raised those are questions with dollar jury today on morning -- permitted to say that got us a tour of course has.
-- we have we talk about that because she was obviously giving which you -- would be the positive Obama.
Message of what we -- federation said but.
69% of the country says were headed on the wrong track I've been all over the spectrum from -- reporter from main street have been throughout my golf career.
And what I -- on main street at this point.
Is a lot of wariness about the promises that are made.
Actually by both sides because they've been burned so many times -- and in the last full -- stymied -- War -- with the recession and whether everything that they were sure it would not happen in fact did happen and if you look at the last three years alone.
The first -- looks really promising everybody gets excited about the economy second third quarter it goes back in the tank could.
What the president was very clear said it was the worst economy since the Great Depression when he was campaigning.
And then he said that he would cut the deficit in half for this would be a one term proposition -- -- it on NBC.
They also said there's -- -- shovel ready jobs we have fewer Americans working five point four trillion in new Obama debt.
When we wouldn't everything all the clutter is put aside but to come down to that are you better off for years ago five trillion dollars in -- go I think it's less of.
But the debt that are -- it is about employment and about the confidence in the future I really do part of that debt.
Was unfunded wars -- that that was proposition -- attached to Medicare fund funded prescription drug benefit accident that I was only program that actually did better than what they protected the fact one of the few -- is perfectly -- at any -- and and what my own impression of services and have been doing it for a long time.
We all got in this together to one degree or another.
They don't have a lot of consumerism it was no time we turn our backs on the people who went to war both administrations that we've -- 1% of our population.
Take -- harder for some of the bullets come home body bags come home emotionally troubled.
Their families were left behind here with no one reaching out to them and trying to find the support services that they need.
That happened in both administrations.
-- finally are beginning to catch up with my my really strong impression as.
That -- longing in the country.
Cross to find a big idea that we could all rally.
You know fit in the course of my career I've been very fortunate got to -- union and I get along very well I I've really -- Tim Russert I really thought he was probably the the -- Best at what he did in his profession obvious not an anchor like you but.
I knew Peter Jennings Peter Jennings came in America radio studio -- -- read my book cover to cover underlined and it that I almost every point.
Dan rather and maybe he -- -- like me so much but long story there.
Media's changed a lot advances moreover this -- but does the Internet does Fox's cable there is NBC it's ever for the better for.
-- -- I actually think it's for the better.
Stronger arguments that I -- when I go before -- audience in America what are their ideological makeup -- you can order beer couch potato.
If you want to be a good news consumer you've got to get aggressive he's got to figure out what works for you and what doesn't work and not just for -- but what can you count down.
Now what has integrity.
And that you need to apply the same -- -- that he wouldn't be.
-- a short or flat screen television or new -- are almost any -- research at all you gotta disagree search and I didn't there was a time when you get the paper in the morning on the front -- watching -- -- The Today Show half the evening news and maybe the late local news that's no longer good enough there are too many choices out.
And there are too many other people across the spectrum.
Who were trying to manipulate you in some fashion all the bloggers that are working left to right and back again.
So you need to take a deep growth -- have got a responsibility here.
Myself too much valid in -- Q do you think we get to a point when you when you look at the ratings in the old days ABC NBC CBS you guys -- had a bit of a monopoly.
I don't know about just a bit of a muscle you.
Outlook are -- -- bit not as being charitable it will likely you are and it got about that.
Apartment isn't -- it getting to the point they may not be at these conventions for 812 years from now 56 at the convention themselves may not be and exactly in the same form Sean I actually wrote something times a week ago saying it's time to reexamine.
How we do just how much money is spent here.
Everybody who is arrive here this week everybody who arrive last week.
It was shaken break they knew what was gonna happen they have their candidates at the top of the ticket the platforms have been written advance the speeches have been vetted.
The delegates were all told word is that when the stand -- like today it was so exciting that that was unanticipated cause unanticipated.
Is there with conservatives like myself for years -- pointed out media bias.
You understand why we say that when I -- -- -- why do an example every week we do media mash -- -- -- show the mainstream media in particular right have we show examples of just how biased they are and I think it.
One of the reasons Fox's popular is because of that twenty gas supplies to the right so I think -- that -- probably only concerned outspoken conservative here but.
No but but I do I've taken and I think that Roger when he put this together and -- long time you know he knew exactly what he was doing he knew that there was a big audience out there who wanted to have their points of view reaffirmed on a daily basis or on a nightly basis.
Sure from time to time there will be people time to time more -- right you know after the bias is the wrong war what sort though.
The right word is trying to have a big picture of what is going on overall long period of time you can take a moment and say -- that was biased reporting I got to -- able to -- what the reporter found out at that time.
That's what the interpretation seem fair to everyone at the moment and then when five out over time.
Look up I've been doing this for a long time during the 1960s in the civil rights movement I was called a Communist political reporter for profit because that was covering civil rights and after all interest that -- always good to see and I do love the book as shocked I don't agree on it thanks for have a pro golf thank you hope you come back again coming up that.
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