David Brooks: 'I'm Not A Fan' But Let Me Tell You About Glenn Beck's Show

From this Friday evening's PBS Newshour, David Brooks decided to share with the viewers something he learned after watching the exiled from Fox, hate monger Glenn Beck, about the "true" nature of Mitt Romney and how compassionate he is towards those
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From this Friday evening's PBS Newshour, David Brooks decided to share with the viewers something he learned after watching the exiled from Fox, hate monger Glenn Beck, about the "true" nature of Mitt Romney and how compassionate he is towards those that he's ministered to in his church.

And don't worry, Brooks is not really "a fan" of Beck, but he's ready to tell everyone about his show that you can only watch if you pay for a subscription. Who wants to take dibs that he's watching Beck daily along with a dose of right wing hatred from Limbaugh's show? Gotta' keep your finger on the pulse of the nation if you're going to continue to pump out the type of op-eds we've come to expect from Brooks in the New York Times week after week.

JUDY WOODRUFF: What do you think?

DAVID BROOKS: A brilliant move to distract people from the 47 percent. So it's like...

MARK SHIELDS: OK.

DAVID BROOKS: So, it's like, you have diabetes to distract from your cancer.

So, no, I think it was mostly the promise. They did this. The accountants did their work. They came up with results. They might as well get it out on a Friday afternoon. So, I think that was fine.

I never thought the -- the issue that cut was the, he's hiding something. And that is the leitmotif of the Romney campaign: He is hiding something, whether it is his plans, which he is not really making a case for, or his personality, which is hiding behind a faux persona. And so that cut.

I don't think the actual details of did he pay this or that tax -- to me, the mystery -- the essential mystery of Romney was sort of embedded in them, which is the guy gives $4 million to charity. He is a genuinely good person around the people he knows.

Yet, they don't talk about that. You -- I saw Glenn Beck's show -- I'm not a big fan of Glenn Beck, but I saw a Glenn Beck show this week where he's interviewing people after -- person after person, alcoholics, people Romney has personally ministered to, all this -- incredibly uplifting stories.

We saw a hint of it at the conventions. And yet it either doesn't come -- he's not talking about that in public, and it doesn't translate into a compassionate conservatism, which it could, which is the logical outgrowth of his personal life.

Ah yes, Romney is this wonderful compassionate conservative when it comes to members of his church. Too bad he doesn't feel the same compassion for that 47 percent he derided as supposedly being lazy moochers who just want to suck off of the government teet.

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