July 25, 2010

David Brooks decides to take his turn giving Andrew Breitbart and Fox News cover by pretending that there is anyone on the left you could fairly compare to either of them. Anderson Cooper pulled the same stunt on his show the other night. Color me not surprised to see perpetual Republican turd polisher David Brooks following suit.

DAVID BROOKS: There's not only a right wing squabble media, I mean, there's a squabble culture out there. There's regular media. We were trained in one media. When I started working in Chicago, we were given a phrase. "If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out."

And so, that's it. That-- you would never run an excerpt from-- a speech, unless you saw the speech. That's just unthinkable.

So, we were trained in a certain way. A different sort of media squabble culture has come up on the left and the right, which-- which decides there gonna – they build audience by destroying other people. They don't know anything about policy. They don't care about government. They just want that squabble. And my-- my rule is -- I mean, for something Anita was doing, stay away from the squabble culture. Don't get in there. And that's true for us. And I would say that's--

ANITA DUNN: Let me just say something really quickly. That is easier said than done, when the White House Press Secretary walks into the room, and the only question people want to ask is, "How are you gonna react? What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do?" And you have a false-- a false fact-- an edited speech as-- as E.J. said, that was designed to create this outcome that becomes quote "the news of the day." Okay?

DAVID BROOKS: Well then play by different rules, maybe before firing somebody, call them up and talk to them.

ANITA DUNN: I couldn’t agree with you more there, ok?

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