Talk about moral equivalency run amok. On Friday, NBC's Tom Brokaw asked President Obama two questions about his upcoming trip to Buchenwald, a Nazi death camp: First, what lessons does Obama think the Holocaust-denying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could learn; then, what could the descendants of Buchenwald's victims learn regarding "their treatment of Palestinians."
Brokaw demanded to know: "What can the Israelis learn from your visit to Buchenwald? And what should they be thinking about their treatment of Palestinians?"
For his part, Obama scolded the Iranian leader ("I have no patience for people who would deny history") and disagreed with Brokaw's attempt to equate the behavior of today's Israeli leaders to the Nazis who butchered millions of European Jews in the death camps: "Look, there's no equivalency here."
Here are the three questions Brokaw posed to Obama in the short interview segment shown on Today at about 7:08am ET:
TOM BROKAW: We're going through difficult times in America right now, economically; we're at war in two different countries around the world. But as you go back and look at what what one of your predecessors, Franklin Roosevelt, had to deal with, is it a humbling experience in many ways?
BROKAW: What do you think Iranian President Ahmadinejad could learn from your visit to Buchenwald?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, he should make his own visit. I was very explicit yesterday, I have no patience for people who would deny history....
BROKAW: What can the Israelis learn from your visit to Buchenwald? And what should they be thinking about their treatment of Palestinians?
OBAMA: Well, look, there's no equivalency here....
-Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center.