I always knew David Brooks was an asshole ....

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don weiner (don weiner), Thursday, 22 December 2005 18:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

God, I wish you hadn't posted that.
How much does THAT stupid piece of shit get paid?
Fire HIM. Retroactively.

TOMBOT, Thursday, 22 December 2005 18:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

First, it's predicated on a division between foreign and domestic activity that has been rendered obsolete by today's mobile communications methods.

these "cellular" "telephones" represent a paradigm shift that our founders never intended

älänbänänä (alanbanana), Thursday, 22 December 2005 18:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

I love how the main drawback to all three stupid ideas is that they're stupid and illegal and bullshit, and thus will be destroyed whenever the public gets wind of them. Damned public! Fuck them!

TOMBOT, Thursday, 22 December 2005 19:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah alan don't you know electronics and digital transistorized integrated circuits have made our concepts of "citizenship" and "rights" totally obsolete?

TOMBOT, Thursday, 22 December 2005 19:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

"God, I wish you hadn't posted that."

Sorry everyone else asked for it. :(

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 22 December 2005 19:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

why not just put cameras in every room in every building in america? we have the technology! it would prevent attacks right?

m.

msp (mspa), Thursday, 22 December 2005 20:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

These briefings are as psychologically intense as an episode of "24," with descriptions of specific bad guys and their activities.

this reminds me of the one bloom county strip where steve dallas cries when he finds out "knight rider" is a children's show.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 22 December 2005 20:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

Can I mention how fucking sick I am of "24" being used to justify Bush policy? I've never seen the show, but I fucking hate it.

elmo, patron saint of nausea (allocryptic), Thursday, 22 December 2005 20:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

it's for kids.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 22 December 2005 21:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...
from Chris Mathews:

“One of the things I’ve found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the people that read and watch us.µ

vid here

kingfish trapped under ice (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 10 August 2006 22:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

On "Meet the Press," challenged on an assertion that 10,000 Iraqis will die every month if the U.S. pulls out, The New York Times columnist admits he just picked the number "out of the air."

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003615101

Martin Van Burne, Monday, 23 July 2007 14:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

I saw the broadcast. He also implied that it's worth losing a few hundred Americans a month if it keeps 10,00,00o,00,000,000 Iraqis from dying. For once Bob Woodward acted like a journalist and went after him.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 23 July 2007 14:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

As much as I hate to defend Brooks, I think this is an unfair "gotcha" slam - he was obviously using the number 10,000 rhetorically to begin with. He's just trying to argue that even more Iraqis will die if we pull out, which may or may not be true but is not exactly an assertion "out of the air."

Hurting 2, Monday, 23 July 2007 14:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

Given that so many generals, Bushies, neocons, and "experts" have offered their own out-of-the-air assertions since 2002, I'm prepared to slap the shit out of Brooks, especially after that slavish Bush column he wrote last week.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

xpost

But Hurting, he's inserting an exact number to make a hypothetical scenario seem like a concrete actuality. Far from the worst of his crimes, but it highlights how slippery his support for his arguments typically is.

Martin Van Burne, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

In other words, I'd let this go in many other cases, but Brooks deserves to be called out on this.

Martin Van Burne, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ok, but advocates of withdrawal say stuff like "It can't get worse than it already is" all the time, which is just as hypothetical.

Hurting 2, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

Besides, how literal-minded do you have to be to think that David Brooks is claiming to know exactly how many Iraqis will die per month?

Hurting 2, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well, he claims to know a lot of stuff that he doesn't!

But regardless, this sort of rhetoric gets those numbers out there as talking points. Soon enough, 10K and 125 become the accepted estimations that you have to argue against.

Martin Van Burne, Monday, 23 July 2007 15:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Should we just keep a running tally of his clueless Obama/"class warfare"/"lakefront liberal" columns that he dribbles out like so much Olean?

F'instance

Perhaps he'll finally reach the point of just doing a find/replace of "Kerry" with "Obama" on his shit from 4 years ago. It would certainly save him effort.

kingfish, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 15:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Methinks that lean times at the Times call for a cutback:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/opinion/03brooks.html

autosocratic asphyxiation (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 18:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

actually i kind of liked that column--he's right, all Ward 3'rs hate everyone in Bethesda and Potomac.

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 18:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

I grew up in Ward 3. Maybe the dynamics have changed since I lived there (due to 8 years of republican rule?) but at the time I didn't sense that there was a huge distinction seen between that and Bethesda. Also Ward 3 was full of incredibly intelligent, interesting people who could have made much more money in the private sector and felt some kind of calling to government.

"Nyah, they're just jealous" -- this passes for biting social commentary?

autosocratic asphyxiation (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 18:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah i was kind of kidding--like everything else he writes about he's way over simplified everything. dude is such a goober

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 18:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

ah ok, I think I see the sarcasm now

autosocratic asphyxiation (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 18:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

as far as i can tell brooks never knows if he's kidding or not.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

its funny how in their search for a palatable republican the times found the most inane guy in the wrold

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

"OK, fine. Let's talk about inanity."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks is the name of:
David Allen Brooks (born 1947), American film and television actor who played archaeologist Max Eilerson on the science-fiction television series Crusade
David Brooks (author) (born 1953), Australian author of short stories and co-editor for Southerly
David "Bubba" Brooks, American jazz musician
David Brooks (inventor), inventor who patented an innovative insulator for telegraph lines in 1867 while working for the Central Pacific Railroad
David Brooks (journalist) (born 1961), commentator for The New York Times and other publications
David "Mavado" Brooks (musician), Jamaican dancehall artist
David Brooks (murderer) (born 1955), teenaged accomplice of serial killer Dean Corll
David Brooks (politician) (1756–1838), United States representative in the Fifth United States Congress
David Brooks (rugby league), Australian rugby league footballer
David Brooks (rugby union), British rugby union footballer

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

No results found for "gayvid brooks".

velko, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

velko, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Maybe this is the David Brooks thread I'm looking for.

Taibbi dissects what has got to be one of the worst things Brooks has written in recent memory.

http://trueslant.com/matttaibbi/2010/01/27/populism-just-like-racism/

KORGÜLL THE EXCHEQUER (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 28 January 2010 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

There he was on PBS last night talking about the State of the Union and all I could think about at the time was his error-filled hateful post on Haiti.

Taibbi needs to challenge him to a public debate.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 January 2010 16:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

MT really on fire there

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 January 2010 17:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's hard to believe that the same columnist today wrote a piece that channels some sort of "saner Ross Perot" populist that Obama should either become or lose to in 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/opinion/29brooks.html?ref=opinion

killah priest, Friday, 29 January 2010 18:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

in private he wanks to military coups tho

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 January 2010 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

it is a source of amazement in my daily life that this guy is allowed to write anywhere, much less for the nyt

call all destroyer, Friday, 29 January 2010 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

And appear on PBS and NPR.

So he wants a 'Perot' to turn Obama into a Clinton to get rid of the deficit and not do any of those liberal things he thinks are predictable. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

On a minor note, it's A HUGE pet peeve when a writer, usually a columnist, tries to avoid using a cliché by modifying it. Like:

There is a specter haunting America: the specter of a saner, updated version of Ross Perot.

Blue Fucks Like Ben Nelson (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

"there is a parrot haunting america: an avian, updated version of phil spector"

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

he reads like a columnist you'd find in an airplane magazine

bnw, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's not even a matter of disagreeing with him--i just don't think he's very bright.

call all destroyer, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol or what bnw said!

call all destroyer, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

He's swayed by power and the kind of self-mocking assurance that he wishes he had.

Blue Fucks Like Ben Nelson (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

aren't we all

that sex version of "blue thunder." (Mr. Que), Friday, 29 January 2010 20:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

i kind of agree with that column?

that sex version of "blue thunder." (Mr. Que), Friday, 29 January 2010 20:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think Obama could use a little crazy Perot/crazy chart stuff right about now

that sex version of "blue thunder." (Mr. Que), Friday, 29 January 2010 20:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

A spectre is haunting Mr. Que.

Blue Fucks Like Ben Nelson (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 January 2010 20:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

but i mean Brooks usually drives me crazy with his bullshit

that sex version of "blue thunder." (Mr. Que), Friday, 29 January 2010 20:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks has taken his valuable NYTimes column inches to inform his readers that George Orwell and Leo Tolstoy are good writers.

Doritos Loco Parentis (Hurting 2), Friday, 23 May 2014 14:57 (6 months ago) Permalink

His other lesson for writers, even opinion writers, is that it’s a mistake to think you are an activist, championing some movement. That’s the path to mental stagnation. The job is just to try to understand what’s going on.

But I digress, next on my list of white male writers...

bnw, Friday, 23 May 2014 15:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

People are always asking me what my favorite books are.

instant lol

purposely lend impetus to my HOOS (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 23 May 2014 16:02 (6 months ago) Permalink

Hi, I'm David Brooks

Doritos Loco Parentis (Hurting 2), Friday, 23 May 2014 16:21 (6 months ago) Permalink

I've read books.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 May 2014 16:22 (6 months ago) Permalink

he wished we were ruled by elites.

it must be awesome to have your wishes fulfilled so easily

Οὖτις, Friday, 23 May 2014 16:24 (6 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

i thought this was a lovely brooks column:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/opinion/brooks-president-obama-was-right.html

Mordy, Friday, 6 June 2014 23:16 (6 months ago) Permalink

He spent his NPR segment praising the president.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 June 2014 23:29 (6 months ago) Permalink

i was kinda down on this decision. since after the shalit trade i've been feeling very cynical about these prisoner swaps (and brooks only refs it obliquely but sometimes you don't even get a living soldier in return). but he makes i think a very rational and on some level moving case about why it's honorable to do so.

Mordy, Friday, 6 June 2014 23:31 (6 months ago) Permalink

you needed david brooks for that? jesus

balls, Friday, 6 June 2014 23:46 (6 months ago) Permalink

Despite all our polarization, we do accept the election results, even when the other party wins

o rly

mookieproof, Friday, 6 June 2014 23:55 (6 months ago) Permalink

compared to lots of other "democracies" accepting election results is one of our strongest areas!

Mordy, Saturday, 7 June 2014 00:45 (6 months ago) Permalink

ffs balls does everything need a snarky remark? xxp

Mordy, Saturday, 7 June 2014 00:48 (6 months ago) Permalink


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