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NYT's David Brooks and 'Moderate Conservative' Journalism
The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2009 | Lee Cary

Posted on 03/23/2009 1:53:11 AM PDT by Scanian

"David Brooks's Op-Ed column in The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." Source David Brooks, a self-described "moderate conservative," illustrates the intellectual schizophrenia that conflicts that breed of thinkers. Six months ago, on September 30, 2008, in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled "Revolt of the Nihilists," Mr. Brooks, mad at the 228 House members who voted down the first version of the bailout bill, wrote:

"And let us recognize above all the 228 who voted no - the authors of this revolt of the nihilists. They showed the world how much they detest their own leaders and the collected expertise of the Treasury and Fed. They did the momentarily popular thing, and if the country slides into a deep recession, they will have the time and leisure to watch public opinion shift against them."

Shame on them was his message. In calling the 288 "nihilists," he accused them of believing that all things are unknowable, and nothing can be asserted to exist. Harsh criticism, indeed. We'll blame them, he implied, if the country suffers a recession.

Mr. Brooks laid the bulk of the responsibility on Republicans for a prevailing Nihilist attitude displayed in that first House vote. He warned that

"House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch them on their single-minded mission to destroy the Republican Party.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: brooks; conservatives; nytimes; rinos

1 posted on 03/23/2009 1:53:12 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
David Brooks, a self-described "moderate conservative,"

Not possible. You cannot be both moderate and conservative, unless the author is referring to being mid-way along the scale from "barely conservative" to "totally conservative".
2 posted on 03/23/2009 1:59:26 AM PDT by arderkrag (Liberty Walking (www.geocities.com/arderkrag))
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To: Scanian

BUMP!


3 posted on 03/23/2009 2:08:34 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Scanian

“moderate conservative”

Hah! That’s like being a little bit pregnant.

You either are or you ain’t Mr. Brooks...and you ain’t.


4 posted on 03/23/2009 2:08:48 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness.)
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To: Markos33
Hah! That’s like being a little bit pregnant.

It's like having a little bit of cancer.

5 posted on 03/23/2009 7:56:46 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: arderkrag

Aw, don’t be mean to PBS’s puppy.


6 posted on 03/23/2009 3:14:18 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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