The Internet knows many things.
One thing it definitely knows is that I bow to no one in my derision for the oafish, revisionist, treacle-drizzling, establishmentarian testicle-cozy known as Mr. David Brooks.
But I'm going to risk it all and go waaaaaaaay the fuck out on a limb and dare to suggest that one stupid column by the odious Mr. Brooks plus one stupid column by the even less readable Richard Cohen is not actually -- or even remotely -- the same thing as Richard Nixon ordering the illegal break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrists' office in order to steal his file and use those records to destroy him.
I think that may be overstating things just a bit.
Just a tiny, tiny bit.
(Relevant portion begins at the 2:20 mark)
In Mr. Greenwald's defense, there was a microphone and camera right in front of him.
And if recent history has proven anything it is that, in the presence of a camera, Mr. Greenwald is incapable of resisting the temptation to toss message discipline to the wind in the service of lashing out at people he does not like.
Well, I don't much like what Mr. Brooks' writes either. And I agree completely that he has far too much sway over our national discourse. And I have admired and cited the way Mr. Greenwald has taken down Mr. Brooks in the past. But for the Love of Mike, please stop trying to slant-drill every aspect of this story into your "Worse Than Nixon! Worse Than Cheney!" narrative.
That being said, I absolutely agree with Mr. Greenwald's sentiments (at around the 4:30 mark) about the ridiculousness of journalists pretending they have no political opinions. Journalists are rarely perfect, Heinleinian Fair Witnesses, reporting on nothing but the bare, observable facts of a story in an utterly neutral way with no suppositions or extrapolations, so letting people know where you stand is much healthier for a free press than pretending you're an android.
But Mr. Greenwald swiftly regresses to the meme (at around the 7:00 mark) of attacking his enemies. Once again the subject is Democrat/Liberal/Progressive "hypocrites", which Mr. Greenwald once again flails using "polling data" which -- no matter how many times Mr. Greenwald repeats the same falsehood -- simply does not say what he wishes it said.