Did columnist David Brooks put his New York Times gig at risk on Monday? Most people at liberal mainstream media outlets that have reported on the incident in Washington D.C. on Friday involving the Covington Catholic high school students, after having been made aware of the longer video and more facts about what actually happened, seem to be using the weasel type of position of saying something along the lines of "perhaps the incident is not quite like what it initially seemed but..."
However, Brooks did not go that route. Instead he gave a full, flat out defense of those students as we shall see.
As could be expected the left went berserk over Brooks' column, "How We Destroy Lives Today," not only where the usual loons reign such as at the Democrat Underground but in the comments that accompany his column as well. Here are some of the observations of the incident by Brooks that caused the left to go just plain nuts:
For those of you vacationing on Mars this past weekend, a video went viral showing a group of boys, many of them in MAGA hats, surrounding an older Native American man who was banging a drum.
The man, Nathan Phillips, told two different versions of what happened. He told The Washington Post that he was singing a traditional song when the teenagers swarmed around him, some chanting, “Build that wall, build that wall.” He decided the right thing to do was to get away. “I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation.”
He told The Detroit Free Press that the incident started when the boys started attacking four African-Americans. So he decided to intervene. “There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey. These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey.”
Uh-oh! Questioning a "tribal elder" who seems to have veracity issues is pretty much heresy for the left:
In this one episode, you had a gentle, 64-year-old Native American man being swarmed by white (boo!), male (boo!), preppy (double boo!) Trump supporters (infinite boo!). If you are trying to rub the pleasure centers of a liberal audience, this is truly a story too good to check.
Saturday was a day of liberal vindication. See! This is what those people do! This is who they really are. Reza Aslan, the religious scholar, tweeted a photo of the main Covington boy and asked, “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” The filmmaker Michael Green showed the same image and tweeted: “A face like that never changes. This image will define his life. No one need ever forgive him.”
This alone is enough for the left to approach Defcon Level 1 in terms of rage. But wait... There's more:
On Sunday several longer videos emerged showing that most of what Phillips had told the media was inaccurate. The incident actually started when members of the hate cult — the Black Hebrew Israelites — started hurling racist and homophobic slurs at the boys.
...Everybody involved in the incident was operating in an emotional and moral context that has been set by the viciousness of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Of the major players, the boys’ behavior is probably the least egregious.
So Sunday was a day of conservative vindication. See? This is what those liberals do! They rush to judgment, dehumanize and seek to expunge us from national life. The main boy wrote a public letter that was consistent with the visual evidence and that was actually quite humane.
You can now look forward to your invites to posh Manhattan penthouse parties to suddenly dry up, David.
And now for some red hot rage over this column from the usual DU suspects such as this gem in the comments:
I've been exposed to kids like this. They're f---ing assholes. Their helicopter parents are f---ing assholes. All they are doing, is teaching their kids how to respond to public scorn for their asshole actions. Unfortunately, sometimes the PR works. F--- every goddamn one of them. You better believe when they're home, out of the public eye...they are indeed smirking...
And this lunatic rage goes on and on and on in the comments accompanying Brooks' column. You don't have to look hard to find them. Their mental disorder is on full display and is every bit as deranged as that of the DUers.