Tom Brokaw strongly criticized talk radio host Alex Jones, the conspiracy monger who will be the subject of a controversial NBC News profile this weekend.
The longtime NBC News anchor appeared Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where panelist Mike Barnicle asked how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat” radio broadcasts would be received in the social media age.
“They would probably mock them, because the whole game is to let me play ‘gotcha’ — let me show you how meaner I can be,” Brokaw said.
Brokaw then turned his attention to Jones, the InfoWars broadcaster who promotes President Donald Trump and “false flag” conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
“There’s a lot of controversy around this network about Alex Jones, for example,” Brokaw said. “The fact is that he is an unalloyed racist, a man who is out there pulling the pin on the grenade every day and he has 6 million viewers who are paying attention to him, and the parents in Newtown are hearing from his followers all the time. They buy into what he is saying — which is patently not true.”