Kurtz: Brokaw's Comments on Hispanics Made Him Sound 'Aging' & 'Out of Touch'
Former NBC anchor: Hispanics must 'work harder at assimilation.'
Brokaw made the remarks Sunday during a panel discussion about the congressional stalemate on President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"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," Brokaw said.
Kurtz said on America's Newsroom that the 78-year-old's comments were a bad choice of words, but that he believes his heart was in the right place.
"Tom Brokaw sounded like an aging, out-of-touch, Anglo dude, lecturing Hispanics on what is best for them," he said.
Brokaw apologized for his remarks, which drew swift criticism on social media, saying that he feels "terrible" that he offended people.
i feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 27, 2019
finally, i am sorry - i never intended to disparage any segment of our rich, diverse society which defines who we are.
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 28, 2019
Kurtz said that while Brokaw has touched a nerve, he suspects the outrage that followed his remarks "may blow over."
He also commented on an unflattering newspaper article by Britain's Daily Telegraph, which contained numerous false statements about first lady Melania Trump.
The paper issued an apology over the weekend, noting that it paid "substantial damages" to Mrs. Trump.
One wonders how so many falsehoods could be crammed into a single article. Proof, if any were needed, that bias makes journalists reckless. https://t.co/5YHW4HTod3
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 26, 2019
The article, among other falsehoods, claimed the first lady's modeling career was unsuccessful before meeting Donald Trump and that she cried on election night.
"I think it was a really bad piece of journalism," Kurtz said, calling the story "an unadulterated hit piece."
Watch more from Kurtz's interview above.