NYT columnist-writer talks about his eldest son's decision to become a 'lone soldier' in Israel, and being liberals' 'favorite conservative.'
By Hila Weisberg, Haaretz, October 18, 2014
By Margaret Sullivan, NYT Public Editor, October 8, 2014 12:01 pm
In one of the worst pieces of his career, Brooks makes one of the most-terrible arguments for bombing Iran ever
By Elias Isquith, Salon, March 24, 2015James Fulford writes: All of that is true, but it wasn’t my first thought. My first thought was “Brooks doesn’t like identity politics? What does he think of Obama’s?” The answer: he loves them. Here’s what he said on NPR after Obama made a speech attacking the “not guilty” verdict on George Zimmerman:
[I]t’s important to remember race is his first subject, as it would be if you had a black father and a white mother. And all the mental habits, he breached all the other issues, grow out of the way he framed race and the way he started thinking about race. His tendency to do, “On the one hand, on the other;” his desire to reconcile opposites; his ability to see different points of view. All the stuff we’ve come to see him apply to every other issue, it started with race. And I thought this speech was one of the highlights of the presidency. I thought it was a symphony of indignation, professionalism, executive responsibility, personal feeling. It had all these different things woven together, I thought beautifully. But it’s important to remember, race is how he thinks.DAVID GREGORY, HOST: But again, I come back because I want to make sure to represent that other side as well. Some conservatives have said, “Look, this was the wrong moment to inject race into the trial,” their view, and for the president to speak out in this way.BROOKS: Yes. I guess I would disagree with them. I think if the young man had been a white kid and the older guy had been a black guy, it would be a different verdict. And the president said that, and I think that happens to be true.It happens not to be true, as seen in actual cases like this one, but the fact that Brooks thinks it is is caused by liberal "identity politics." That's why he's liberals "favorite conservative."