New York Times op-ed columnist and American political and cultural commentator Brooks offers a fresh perspective on politics and culture in the age of President Obama. Is the country moving further to the left, right or center? What is the future of the tea party movement?
As author of a twice-weekly column for The New York Times, Brooks has written extensively on regional and intergenerational differences in America, America as a consumerist society, the benefits of a free-market economy, and foreign policy.
Brooks regularly appears on PBS' "NewsHour" and on NPR's "All Things Considered." A prolific writer and editor with a long career in journalism, he has also served as contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, senior editor of The Weekly Standard, and editor for The Wall Street Journal. Brooks is the author of three books, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Brooks is also the author, most recently, of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character. His earlier books are Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He has contributed essays and articles to many publications, including The New Yorker, Forbes, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and Commentary. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, CNN’s “Late Edition,” and “The Diane Rehm Show.”
Dan Schnur was appointed Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission June 2010. His appointment to the Commission continues a distinguished career that includes working on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns. Schnur is on leave from his position as director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate young people to become involved in politics, government and public service.
Schnur served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and spent five years as chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. Schnur was the founder of the Center for Campaign Leadership, a non-partisan effort to equip young people with the skills essential for professional involvement in political campaigns, and a former Co-Chairman of the Voices of Reform project, a bi-partisan statewide organization devoted to making state government more responsive to the needs of California voters.
In addition to his position at USC, Schnur is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. Schnur has also held the post of Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics at Harvard University and taught an advanced course in political campaign communications at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
A Republican, Schnur was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and will take a sabbatical from USC during his tenure as Chairman, which ends on January 31, 2011.
New York Times columnist David Brooks critiques how the press covered the shooting of Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords. He argues that the media politicized the issue, shifting focus away from the shooter's apparent mental illness.
"Journalism has been guilty of a great wrong," says Brooks. "Those who accused political players of contributing without any evidence made extremely grave accusations without any sense of responsibility."
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores how President Obama's personality has changed over his two years in office. He comments on changes in Obama's "niceness" and self-confidence, arguing that these changes have allowed Obama to become a more effective leader.
New York Times columnist David Brooks comments on the role that voter anger played in the past two elections. He suggests that America is suffering through an extended period of national pessimism, and the desire for change that fueled both the Obama campaign and the Tea Party may give way to yet another powerful political movement: one focused on preventing the U.S. from "marching off a cliff fiscally."
David Brooks' argument relies on a fallacy of 2 orders:
1) Because the causes leading to 1 event cannot be proven, it does not allow anyone to reject the causality as plausible.
2) This 1 specific event belongs to a pattern of violent crimes committed against democrats or figures symbolizing the government's authority (policemen) driven by right-wing claims and ideology. The causality of single events cannot be for sure. But the causality of the pattern cannot be questioned.
...and journalists have pointed out the causality of the pattern. Not the causality of the single event.
The terribly stunning thing is that Gifford herself mentioned the subject just a handful of hours before being shot. She said : "we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list but the thing is, the way she has it depicted has the crosshair of a gun sight on our district. And when people do that, you've gotta realize there are consequences to that action."
Conservatives need to get off their high horse. Let's say a homicide detective is sent to investigate a murder. Wouldn't that detective first suspect the individuals who had been making threats against the victim? Of course he would, but if evidence showed that the threat makers weren't guilty, then he would look elsewhere for other suspects. Before we knew about Loughner's insanity, it was perfectly reasonable to suspect that Loughner had been driven to killing
Giffords by heated right-wing rhetoric.
Obviously born in Toronto where I went to School, for a Canadian that converted to American should tell you something, I´m also Jewish, educated Temple Emmanuel, St. Clair. Typical Canadian sense of Humor. Brooks is out of his league you need neuroscience, understanding poor impulse control and more important, the collective consciousness. All 22 year old kids who think about killing like thousands of 22 year old Soldiers Killing in 4 different countries, killing is their training this seeps through collective consciousness, into the social fabric and weavers a murder. It is not Gun control it is the society that makes money profit before people. When public figures, Pete King, senator, huckbee Minister, O´reilly Fox all and many screaming 3 weeks ago, FOR THE DEATH OF JULIAN Assange, yes publicly asking for his execution, Murder on TV, Play games, videos, radio, violence is IN THE AIR, ON AIR and on the minds of many people. At the airports Body naked scanners excite cancer, that is violence, enhanced pat-downs, squeeze, rub, tug, and violate brings anger much anger, travelling high season more travellers more anger is this not violence, from Nazi-homeland security. Anger everywhere sex violence everywhere, builds up a POP, there goes a nine year old killed by the same 22 year old killing over seas, what you do to others you do to yourself, what goes around comes around. Brooks uses other peoples jokes strictly administration, so far not so good you have to be an Born American not born under gun control Canada, to make a truthful profound statement about a American time frame Brooks sounds like a Canadian, it is obvious to me, Canada is the great observer not one involved, 30 million people, Canada, next to 308,764,000 USA, this Canadian is saying nothing new He forgets you can not get unity with violence, unity through violence like Hitler is temporary Tunisia good example. Hopeful positive crap instead of brutal honesty. America is baseball always sacrificing. Humble my ass, Fire bomb of Tokyo, killed 984,000 people, Hiroshima 120,000 dead, Nagasaki, 70,000 dead yes humble! Brooks the Canadian kissing butt.Americas romancing violence to gain property and power has never changed or rested since the American Indian Massacres. South Mexico strict gun laws NO GUNS, highest murder rate in the world, folks can not defend themselves victim mentality is now. Switzerland better example every home a gun to protect. Those who have no guns, are at the mercy of those who have, including corrupt gov´t with a collective consciousness, to murder Julian Assange, american killing creeps thanks foratv,