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Tom Brokaw: ‘It is Time to Rethink’ the Celebrity-Studded White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tom Brokaw says there’s good reason why most Americans feel the national media is out of touch, most recently exemplified by the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Brokaw, a charter member of the organization, was part of the “Meet the Press” roundtable yesterday. He says, “It is time to rethink” the celebrity-studded nature of the event.

“If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people that they’re supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one.”

Without mentioning the network by name, Brokaw called out MSNBC which had its after-party at the Italian Embassy.

“I think George Clooney is a great guy. I’d like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where all the talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian Embassy, who had the best party, and who met the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing.”

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Following the roundtable discussion, David Gregory teased an interview he did last week with Robert De Niro.

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