At a time when journalists are under assault, we want to take this time and this space celebrate the life of David Brooks.

His commentary is candid and bold.

In regard to the 2016 election, Brooks spoke in support of Hillary Clinton, applauding her ability to be “competent” and “normal” in comparison to her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump. In addition, Brooks noted that he believed Clinton would eventually be victorious in the election, as he foresaw that the general American public would become “sick of” Trump, according to Wikipedia

When discussing the political emergence of Trump, Brooks has been strong in his critiques of the candidate, most notably by authoring a New York Times op-ed he titled “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.” In this piece, Brooks attacked Trump by arguing he is “epically unprepared to be president” and by pointing out Trump’s “steady obliviousness to accuracy.”

On the August 9, 2019 episode of the PBS NewsHour, Brooks suggested Trump may be a sociopath.

David Brooks became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He is currently a commentator on “PBS News Hour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

According to his bio in the New York Times, he is the author of “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.” In March 2011 he came out with his third book, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” which was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. His most recent book is “The Second Mountain.”

Brooks also teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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  • David Brrooks: Georgia Public Broadcasting