Can David Brooks possibly think this: We have only scratched the surface of Lawrence O’Donnell’s dissembling last night.
But then, this morning, there’s David Brooks. Can David Brooks possibly think this?
In this morning’s column, Brooks criticizes President Obama’s speech this week to the nation’s newspaper editors.
Brooks makes many criticisms of Obama’s speech. But can David Brooks possibly think this?
BROOKS (4/6/12): Then the president turned to Ryan’s Medicare proposal. The Ryan plan, he charged, “will ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”Good God. Will Ryan’s plan “end Medicare as we know it?” For ourselves, we have no problem with that statement. But quite plainly, that isn't the statement Politifact honored as its “Lie of the Year.”
In 2011, when Ryan first proposed a version of this budget, Politifact, the truth-checking outfit, honored this claim with its “Lie of the Year” award. Since then, the Ryan Medicare proposal has become more moderate and much better. Obama’s charge is even more groundless.
Indeed, Politifact clarified that point last Thursday, in this post. “Want to invoke our Lie of the Year? Get it right,” Politifact said in its headline.
We aren’t going to waste your time going back over this tired old point, though you can read what Politifact wrote. (You’ll have to read to the end of the post.) Instead, we’ll ask an obvious question:
Is David Brooks really so clueless that he thought his statement was accurate? Here's your other possibility:
Could he possibly that dishonest?
O’Donnell misled you all night long. Then, this morning, there was Brooks! Our discourse is breaking down all around, as has been true for some time.
One more question in the face of this morning’s remarkable misstatement
Will the New York Times acknowledge this groaning misstatement by Brooks? You can feel quite sure that MSNBC will never correct its endless misstatements of the past several weeks.
MSNBC will never tell you the truth. What will the New York Times do?