David Brooks gives the game away:
JUDY WOODRUFF: But [Chris Christie is] clearly somebody everybody is looking at for 2016 already, right?DAVID BROOKS: Right, and in part because this coming presidential -- the last Republican primary process which we were stuck with was miserable. It was horrible. There were no debates. It was Looney Tunes. And this one is actually a big debate.MARK SHIELDS: You didn't say that at the time.DAVID BROOKS: I didn't -- I felt it. I felt it in my heart.(LAUGHTER)DAVID BROOKS: Some -- you remember those debates? They were Looney Tunes.(LAUGHTER)DAVID BROOKS: The -- but now you have got like a real argument between at least two very substantive people.You have got Christie on one side. You have got probably Rand Paul or Ted Cruz on the other. And so we will figure out where the party is going to stand on a whole bunch of issues. And so this is going to be a great campaign....
Insert your own joke about Mr. Brooks flagging "Rand Paul or Ted Cruz" being "substantive people."
What caught my attention was Mr. Brooks casual, joking admission that he failed at the basic job of a reporting -- in this case, failing to honestly report what he knew to be true about the Republican primaries at the time they were happening.
Of course he "didn't say it at the time".
He never says it -- whatever "it" happens to be -- at the time.
As I explained several years ago, David Brooks' makes a phenomenal living fetishizing a psychological disorder called "Asymmetriphobia" -- an obsessive fear of asymmetrical things -- as if it were a virtue:
Of course, most of our Elite Media is equally addicted to the same, lazy lie -- reducing every, single, fucking issue to blah blah blah "both sides this" and yadda yadda "both sides that" and how somehow "the 60s" are at least partially to blame.
Where Mr. Brooks really stands out is in the sheer persistence of his well-mannered flogging of the "Both Sider" lie long past its sell-by date: he almost never breaks message discipline and will continue relentlessly catapulting the Centrist propaganda until whatever-today's-issue-might-be is safely in the rear-view mirror and (thanks to the tacit agreement among his colleagues that none of them will ever point out up how horribly wrong their good friend David Brooks has always been about everything) all anyone (but as few dirty hippies) remembers is the vague residue of David Brooks' genteel tone.
But every now and then the paid staff who stage our media puppet theater crack a little wise over what a hilarious act it all is.
And at that moment you can catch a glimpse of how routine the lies have become, and how little the puppeteers care.