Structuralist movin’ on up: Just for today, we’ll tip our cap to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column. This is precisely the type of reporting the guild once refused to perform:
Surreal estate: David Brooks moves from Bethesda to Cleveland ParkAt one time, we thought the public should know about the wealth of the “journalists” they see on TV. We thought this might put doubts in voters’ minds about this cohort’s work.
Buyer: David Brooks
Price: $3.95 million
Details: The New York Times op-ed columnist and wife Sarah are trading up—from their longtime home near Bethesda’s Burning Tree Club to a century-old (exquisitely renovated) five bedroom, four-and-a-half bath house in Cleveland Park. It includes a two-car garage, iron and stone fence, generous-sized porch and balcony, and what appear to be vast spaces for entertaining. The timing seems to have been right: After only a few days on the market, their old place (which also boasts five bedrooms) is under contract for $1.6 million.
We can’t remember why we thought that—and it was only a few years ago. By now, it’s clear that the emerging stars of the emerging liberal world will never help people question this syndrome—that they’re in the game for the corporate cash, like those who came before.
For our money, the most amusing press story of the past dozen years involved the way the NBC News elite huddled with their corporate owner, Jack Welch, out on Nantucket Island. David Brooks isn’t in their class yet! Chris Matthews bought his summer home out there—and he paid $4.4 million, in 2004!
Under Welch, NBC News became a highly political news operation. But NBC and its cable channels provided a route to career success, and the hacks and fixers of the career journo class refused to discuss this amusing colony. It’s OK to discuss the corruption of Fox under its billionaire owner, Murdoch. It was forbidden to talk about Tim and Chris and all the rest huddled with their corporate patron out on that glitzy island.
How did David Brooks garner the cash? The salaries of the mainstream press corps are a tightly-held secret. The press corps does not report on the press. “Lifestyles of the rich and famous” stops at the press corps’ door.
We can no longer imagine a world where the public draws a warning from this type of information. The stars you see on Our Own Liberal Channel are stuffing their pockets with big fat cash too. And we liberals have plainly cast our vote. We can’t see a problem with this.
They tell us we're the very good people. We like them when they do it.
Matthews has flipped his story-lines now—and the bright young stars are movin’ on up. If you think this isn’t how this world works, we have a bridge to the Island of the Danged we might be willing to sell you.