Monday, September 24, 2012

NY Times David Brooks believed Beck's cherry-picked story about Mitt Romney

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The Crooks and Liars blog reported last weekend that NY Times conservative columnist, David Brooks, mentioned on a discussion on Friday evening's PBS Newshour that he heard from Glenn Beck about how wonderful Bishop Romney was to his flock. Listen to him describe what Beck was conveying on his show:

The problem with Brooks' take on what Beck was conveying is that Beck is not an honest commentator. In this case, Beck was conveying lies of omission, cherry-picking what he wanted his audience to know about Gov. Romney. What was it that Beck was ignored from Romney's time as a bishop for his Mormon church? From "Mitt Romney's Role as Mormon Bishop Shows His Extremist Religious Beliefs," is this:
 One winter day, far along into her pregnancy with her second child, 21-year-old Peggy Hayes received a phone call from Willard Mitt Romney. He wanted to talk to her, he said. Could he come over? 

Hayes, the divorced, unmarried mother of a 3-year-old daughter, was struggling as a nurse’s aide in a working-class suburb of Boston. She had little in common with the successful Bain executive, but the request wasn’t as odd as it might seem. Hayes was a Mormon. Romney was her bishop. Romney walked into her small apartment, made small talk and then commanded her to give her baby up for adoption after it was born. He was her bishop, and as she knew, Mormonism disapproved of single motherhood. Hayes said no.
“Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you don’t then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,” Romney said, according to Hayes in an interview with Boston Globe journalists Michael Kranish and Scott Helman. Romney denied he made that threat, although he did not dispute the incident.
The point here is not that Romney is a Mormon. There should be not religious test for holding office in the United States. The point is that someone as knowledgeable as David Brooks out to know better than to believe anything that comes across from Beck during his radio or television program. When the right resorts to the propaganda of Glenn Beck, whether a fan or not, you just know that they are getting desperate.

Update, 9/26/2012: In an opinion piece in the NY Times on Monday, the 24th, Brooks laments the absence in the Republican Party of the "traditional conservative" who "cherishes custom, believing that the individual is foolish but the species is wise. It is usually best to be guided by precedent.
The results have been unfortunate. Since they no longer speak in the language of social order, Republicans have very little to offer the less educated half of this country.

He's right about the results being "unfortunate." That is the niche that Glenn Beck has stepped into with results being a general dumbing down of the "less educated half" of the Republican Party. It's astonishing that Brooks does not understand this.

For more on the 2012 election, see the following posts:

  • Beck is ecstatic over Romney's choice for V-P
  • Like Beck, Ryan is hypocrite and liar
  • Murdoch bombshell the media is ignoring (Guess who NewsCorp is supporting?)
  • The many lies of Beck's "soulmate," Paul Ryan
  • Beck sees the invisible Obama too
  • Bill Clinton buried Beck's deceitful propaganda
  • Tale of two [Facebook] pages
  • Beck dons rodeo clown hat to distract followers from Romney's tape

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