Obama Vetted ISIS Speech In Off-The-Record Meeting With Establishment Media

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:02 am

How much additional evidence is really needed at this point to show that the establishment media are courtiers to power not independent journalists? Well, here is a little more anyway. According to Michael Calderone at the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama met with over a dozen “journalists” in an off-the-record meeting to get input on [...]

Brooks Op-Ed Shows Crack in Fiendish Corporatist Austerity Plan

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 8:55 am

I mentioned it before, but David Brooks’ op-ed today is really fascinating. You get the feeling this is something he and his corporatist pals have said behind the scenes but are only just now developing in public, because they sense that something has gone horribly wrong. For years they developed this full-spectrum critique of government [...]

Largest Protests Yet in Syria Despite Repression

By: Friday June 3, 2011 12:13 pm

Despite committing some of the worst brutality of any Arab nation during the uprising, the situation for Bashar al-Assad in Syria looks increasingly desperate. The people are not afraid, and they are more than willing to die for the cause. Today’s demonstrations after Friday prayers were some of the largest yet despite the regime shutting [...]

The Bone Throwers

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 8:15 am

With the failure of the most obvious of stimulus measures, extending unemployment benefits, on Capitol Hill, a new sub-genre of fiscal conservatives who want to spend now has emerged in opinion-making circles. David Brooks, who doesn’t understand economics, edged toward that in a column that argued against stimulus spending, saying he supported extending unemployment insurance [...]

David Brooks Doesn’t Understand Economics

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 12:55 pm

One thing about this debate among elites over whether government should spend more to create jobs or reduce the deficit is that it has revealed a stunning lack of basic economic knowledge from the deficit cutters. Basic macroeconomic theory seems to escape them. A case in point is David Brooks, the Administration’s favorite conservative, who [...]

Welcome Backlash Against Security Theater And Overhyping Of Fear

By: Friday January 1, 2010 5:00 pm

After 9-11, columnists from across the political spectrum were writing defenses of torture, calls for reducing liberty to achieve security and exhortations for the bombing of any number of Muslim nations. Today, a few of those still crop up every now and again. But reliable establishment weathervane David Brooks offers something different in the wake [...]

Establishment Rallies To Demonize Audit The Fed Effort, Populism

By: Friday November 20, 2009 9:47 am

The vote yesterday in the House Financial Services Committee to audit the Federal Reserve has touched off a round of wagon-circling among establishment media and the political class, trying to build a defense against the kind of policymaking that may affect the status quo gravy train. The New York Times blamed the passage on “a [...]

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