Media complicity

David Brooks has a new fucking column out, and I’m seeing outrage at its banality everywhere. I don’t give a damn. Brooks is a symptom of the corruption in our media; just a great big pustule oozing on the surface that tells you something is sick and rotten underneath. I’m going to just let driftglass tell the story, so go read that. It’s a long summarizing moan of despair, covering Brooks & Newt Gingrich & Rush Limbaugh & the High Holy Church of Bothsiderism. Liberals have been exactly correct about the bankruptcy of the Right all along, and it doesn’t matter, because the Murdochs and Zuckers and Sulzburgers just chuckle and throw money at the festering batshit.

History will note that the New York Times keeps shoveling cash at David Brooks for his regular insipid apologetics for elitist criminality.


  1. Siobhan says

    Mainstream punditry has had a bad habit of blaming the arsonist and the fire department at the same time. It absolves the so-called moderate conservatives of their guilt.

  2. says

    Thanks for the heads-up, PZ.

    That’s a great article, both for the overview (historical context) it presents and for the selected details that light the way.

  3. robro says

    New-ish name to add to the list of tabloid media moguls: David J. Pecker. He’s the head of American Media Inc (AMI) aka The National Enquirer and other tabloids (starting in 1999). AMI bought The Star from Murdoch in 1990. Oh, and guess what: Pecker is a Trump supporter. I know you’re surprised at that, but there you go…what is is.

  4. secondtofirstworld says

    @robro #4: I “nominate” Sterling Media with its Fox News style and must run pieces, where a pundit can openly say, that the solution to domestic violence is marriage.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    It’s almost as if the elite were trying to avoid social change and upheaval by equivocating both sides of the political spectrum. It’s almost as if they don’t want justice, just quiet.