Then came his weekly chat spot on the "PBS NewsHour," where once again, Brooks bravely told the PBS executives what they wanted to hear, rehashing his column about how the Republicans are right about the sustainability of entitlements, but Obama was "absolutely right to jump all over the Republicans" and offer a "plan" full of air. Obama was masterful: "I thought, politically, he did a very effective job of demonizing the Republicans, raising the parts of their program that are very unpopular, and then appearing responsible, and maybe putting us on a path to some sort of fiscal responsibility, but not really specifying how."
This allowed another moment of blissful journalistic levitation for the liberals. Jim Lehrer asked liberal Mark Shields: "Do you agree the president did an effective job?" Shields replied: "I think the president did a remarkable job."
Brooks insisted, as usual, that there will need to be shared sacrifice, from the middle class and from senior citizens, to which Lehrer replied: "But the president and Secretary Geithner on this program that same night said, look, if there is going to be deficit reduction, you're not going to do it without raising taxes." Brooks agreed that was "absolutely right."
Republicans were wrong. Lehrer said the Republicans said Obama's speech was "class warfare. That's unfair." Brooks replied: "Yes. And, here, I think they're wrong. I do think we have to raise taxes on the top 1 percent. I think we have to have a big tax reform that raises revenue. ... But you have got to raise revenue across more than just the rich."
The Lehrer interview wrapped up with Brooks and Shields running down the Republican field for being an incredibly weak field of challengers to President Masterstroke.
Anyone who wonders why conservatives and Republicans are so disgusted with the tilt of public broadcasting (and its sedate, self-satisfied civility) should begin with the notion that David Brooks is "balance." If liberals weren't cowards who feared losing TV debates, they'd hire a real conservative to engage in some serious Friday night discussions on PBS and NPR.
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