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Brokaw's Private Obama Interview

Tom Brokaw, moderator of the upcoming presidential debate, looks over the set at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 6, 2008. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

By Howard Kurtz
NASHVILLE -- Tom Brokaw, the moderator of tonight's presidential debate, has interviewed Barack Obama before.

Not on the air, but at a private dinner arranged by Goldman Sachs.

The Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet reports that the private session took place in February 2007. The veteran NBC newsman received an honorarium but donated it to charity. Goldman Sachs executives, of course, got to tell colleagues, maybe even clients, that they were hanging with the Democratic presidential candidate and the former network anchor.

The session lasted about 45 minutes and was mainly devoted to foreign affairs.

Goldman Sachs employees and family members, it turns out, have donated nearly $740,000 to the Obama campaign. Sweet reports that the firm is the number one source of Obama contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Mr Kurtz, According to the Center for Responsive Politics, contributions to John McCain from the Finance, Real Estate and Insurance industries exceeded those made to Barack Obama by $2 million dollars. Senator McCain has 70 bundlers in Investment and Finance and Obama has 56. This information is really easy to access on the internet. It takes less than 5 minutes and your piece would have been more balanced and more credible if you had taken the time to do it.

Posted by: mshervais | October 8, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I, too, used to respect some of Kurtz's work but, when the nation is in the kind of peril it is today, it's probably time to get off the tire swing and do some serious journalism. THIS is not serious journalism.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 7, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

“Goldman Sachs employees and family members, it turns out, have donated nearly $740,000 to the Obama campaign.” Did you mean to say that the Masters of the Universe donated $740,000 to the Great OB?

Posted by: Wiel | October 7, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Brokaw supports McCain?! Since when?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 7, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What a coincidence! First, Ifill get lambasted before her debate, and now Brokaw...

That Repub rage machine works on schedule, just to make the deadline.

Posted by: spenceradams | October 7, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Goldman-Sachs would rather get behind the guy who knows how to use a calculator instead of the buffoon who believes in "letting the marketplace decide"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | October 7, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Here comes the MSM, doing McCain's dirty work for him. Goldman Sachs? In 2007? Obama has consistently said that he accepts donations from employees and family members. BUT, that doesn't mean Obama is taking money to further the corporate agenda of Goldman Sachs.

Howie, are you also implying that Brokaw may be biased toward Obama, sort of a preemptive strike in case McCain doesn't do well? I think most people realize Brokaw supports McCain. Nice try, though.

Posted by: Seneca7 | October 7, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Ho Hum. The economy is collapsing and Mr. Kurtz is chasing a trivial story. Nothing else to say.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 7, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse're hack. And while you're at it, let's look at the money Charlie Black made from Fannie and Freddie. Someone might want to let Palin know, so she won't look like a fool when she tries to tie Obama to Fannie and Freddie.

Posted by: edzo2 | October 7, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This isn't news. It's not even interesting.

I guess you figure that with all the garbage the repuglicans do, that to be "fair", you have to find something bad to say about obama?

Well this isn't it.

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Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | October 7, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This is important to know about due to presumptions of bias.

It would be interesting to know if he's interviewed McCain before as well. I hope so, it will be better for the debates if this is the case.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 7, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

ok, so the employees liked him and donated. Anything wrong with that ? Isn't that how it's supposed to work ? It might be different if Lobbyists donated on their behalf,but that's not what happened. Nothing fishy here. Anyone who donates has to list their employer, I'm sure that my fellow employees have donated plenty to Obama as well, that doesn't mean that he's in bed with the gaming industry. This is non-news.

Posted by: F7711 | October 7, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

well, well, isn't this just too interesting!

Posted by: paris1969 | October 7, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

It there an actual article here? This sounds like something put out by a campaign against Obama. This sounds like something Wolfson thought up in the primaries.

Posted by: Dessalines | October 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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