By J. D. Heyes
For an American cultural and political commentator, David Brooks makes a pretty goodâ€¦Canadian.
Described as a â€œcenter-rightâ€ politico who hails from Toronto but has resided for years in Washington, D.C., Brooks used hisÂ New York TimesÂ forum to blame two people who are theÂ leastÂ responsible for perpetuating the â€œRussian collusionâ€ hoax that special counsel Robert Mueller finally, 18 months hence, has put to bed.
Writing in the fake-news paper of record, Brooks actually blamed POTUSÂ Donald TrumpÂ (the target of the hoax) andÂ Fox Newsâ€™ host/commentator Sean Hannity for the â€œmainstreamâ€ mediaâ€™s scandalous two-year perpetuation of an Obama-era fabrication designed to accomplish two things: Undermine a duly-elected president and drive him from office.
Brooks attempts to shift the blame for the perpetuation of the hoax by blaming â€œallâ€ of us, adding that â€œSean Hannity-style Trumpiansâ€ must â€œapologizeâ€ for â€œpeddling the sort of deep cynicism that undermines our countryâ€™s institutions.â€
Seriously, how far out of the realm of the rational do you have to be to think like this? Answer: Pretty far.
Brooks is claiming that the president, Hannity, and their supporters are just as much to blame as media organizations like the Times, theÂ Washington Post,Â CNN,Â MSNBC, and all the rest for peddling the lie and for essentially trafficking in fake news.
Has Brooks been hanging out in Colorado, California, or Washington state? WhatÂ hasÂ he been smoking?
It wasnâ€™t Trump and Hannity or â€œTrumpiansâ€ who were feeding one lie after another to news organizations in an attempt to convince as many Americans as possible that the Russian collusion fabrication was in fact real.
It was members of the Deep State intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies who fed the press the lies â€” and they bought each and every one of them. In fact, POTUS and Hannity ought to be credited for pushing back against the hoax practically from day one. Hannity himself, featuring several guests over the months, broke several stories exposing the hoax â€” which publications like Brooksâ€™ NYTimes summarilyÂ ignored.
While stating that Democrats and former CIA Director â€” and chief sponsor of the hoax â€” John Brennan owe the president an apology, he goes onto write:
Republicans and the Sean Hannity-style Trumpians might also approach this moment with an attitude of humility and honest self-examination. For two years theyâ€™ve been calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. For two years theyâ€™ve been spreading the libel that there are no honest brokers in Washington. Itâ€™s all a deep-state conspiracy, a swamp. They should apologize for peddling the sort of deep cynicism that undermines our countryâ€™s institutions.
The fact is, the institutions he speaks of are responsible for sowing the mistrust. Ranking members of the Justice Department and FBI, as well as the CIA, NSA, and other intelligence agencies â€” all under Obama, by the way â€” are responsible not only for concocting the collusion theory out of thin air, but of keeping the lie alive with selective leaks that an unserious, uncurious mainstream media repeated verbatim.
Thatâ€™s not the fault of Republicans or the president, and to suggest otherwise is farcical.
No, the Deep Staters and the institutions they besmirched earned every bit of derision and mistrust they now endure. We kept hearing all along about how â€˜rank-and-fileâ€™ personnel in these agencies and departments were upstanding men and women, but we never heard from them throughout this ordeal. They, it seems, were too concerned about their careers to do the right thing and expose the hoax.
Meanwhile, the other â€˜institutionâ€™ that has lost all credibility is theÂ propaganda mediaÂ Brooks represents. Without its willing assistance, the hoax would have died long ago.
How dare Brooks try to blame this country-dividing charade on â€œallâ€ of us. There is no â€œall;â€ there are justÂ the perpetrators of the hoaxÂ and the rest of us.Â
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