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David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]
Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT by grundle

Edited on 05/31/2015 6:02:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

One doesn't know what to do with the rubbish which follows beyond noting it and hoping that the ridicule which results will somehow and in some way have some kind of impact.

Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."

The relevant video segment is at Real Clear Politics, but it doesn't appear to be embeddable. There is a YouTube of the entire 12-minute Shields & Brooks "analysis" segment for those who can stand it, where Brooks's bombast begins at about the 2:05 mark.

Here's the transcript of the Real Clear Politics snip, which transitions from fellow panel member Mark Shields's discussions of charages against Dennis Hastert (which, as egregious as they might be, appear not to have anything directly to do with his duties when he was a congressman or Speaker of the House:

DAVID BROOKS: First, if the allegations about the contact with the boys are true, well, we have seen that with the Catholic Church. We have seen a disturbing undercurrent in American life, I guess, and maybe in world life, of this sort of thing.

I am struck, as Mark just mentioned, the whole litany of people, especially of that era, who were involved in some scandal or another. Some of it was sexual. Some of it was more financial, even Tom DeLay’s, Speaker Wright. And it was just all concentrated in a lot of people all at once.

Does politics attract such people? I don’t know. Is it prevalent in society? It’s certainly a reminder of original sin. The other thing, though, I did want to say that there are people in American life to whom this has not happened.

And I have my disagreements, say, with President Obama, but President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.

And so there are people in Washington who do set a standard of integrity, who do seem to attract people of quality. And I think that’s probably true of the current group. I hope it’s true of the current leadership group in Congress. But — so they’re not all involved in scandal.

MARK SHIELDS: David makes a good point. And I agree with him on this administration in particular.

David Brooks should know, and probably does, but he apparently doesn't care that Tom Delay "was formally acquitted" of "criminal charges of conspiracy to violate election law" in September 2013. That acquittal was affirmed in October 2014. All you need for a "scandal" in LeftyLand if a Republican or conservative is involved is an indictment (if that); apparently, no amount of acquittal or exoneration will ever cause the press to remove the "scandal" tag. Meanwhile, you can have literally smoking guns (e.g., the Obama administration's Fast & Furious scandal), and the press will never go beyond calling it a "controversy" — if that.

Shields and Brooks perfectly exemplify the utter contempt for the truth we have seen during the past seven-plus years going back to Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. It has been and continues to be nothing short of astonishing, even for those of us who expected the worst.


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1 posted on 05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT by grundle
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2 posted on 05/31/2015 4:48:25 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited (specifically) to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: grundle

Satire?


3 posted on 05/31/2015 4:51:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: grundle

How they live with themselves is beyond my comprehension.


4 posted on 05/31/2015 4:52:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (A free society can’t let the parameters of its speech be set by murderous extremists.)
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To: grundle

I suppose that it is in how one defines scandals.


5 posted on 05/31/2015 4:52:29 PM PDT by sport
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It is only a scandal if Obama is impeached.


6 posted on 05/31/2015 4:55:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (A free society can’t let the parameters of its speech be set by murderous extremists.)
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To: grundle

Brooks is sitting in as resident gasbag while Biden is on leave.....


7 posted on 05/31/2015 4:56:37 PM PDT by clintonh8r (ISIS IS ISlam/Christian lives matter!)
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To: grundle

Has this guy been living in an outhouse for the last 6-1/2 years?


8 posted on 05/31/2015 4:58:14 PM PDT by anoldafvet (Why is it when Hillary "smiles" , I am reminded of a grinning shark?)
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To: grundle

Of course David just awoke out of a 6 1/2 year coma...


9 posted on 05/31/2015 4:58:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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It’s only a scandal if someone actually gets in trouble for it.


10 posted on 05/31/2015 5:00:53 PM PDT by Domandred (Tea Party or Third Party. Done with the capitulating eGOP.)
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Not scandal free. Just investigation free.


11 posted on 05/31/2015 5:09:54 PM PDT by Brilliant
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If no one reports on it there is no scandal.


12 posted on 05/31/2015 5:16:20 PM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: Domandred

Bingo.


13 posted on 05/31/2015 5:23:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Rant off.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

David is a gay who loves Obama’s pants. He is a sicko.


14 posted on 05/31/2015 5:24:58 PM PDT by Ann Archy (ABORTION....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: hosepipe

Onion or has Brooks entered the dimentia zone?


15 posted on 05/31/2015 5:26:17 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: grundle

Tell a lie often enough…...


16 posted on 05/31/2015 5:27:07 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: anoldafvet
"Has this guy been living in an outhouse for the last 6-1/2 years?"

No, but he's found refuge in the hole under one. The hole even has a name, the New York Times.

17 posted on 05/31/2015 5:28:44 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones)
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To: grundle

They’re in a parallel universe!


18 posted on 05/31/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT by laweeks
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Hard to have a scandal when Obama’s supporters have no standard of right or wrong to hold him to.


19 posted on 05/31/2015 5:32:59 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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"I mean, you got the first mainstream
African-American who is articulate and
bright and clean and a nice-looking guy
...I mean, that's a storybook, man."

20 posted on 05/31/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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