Brooks: NPR great for “assimilation”

posted at 10:55 am on March 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Finally — a conservative case for NPR! David Brooks tells Chris Matthews that NPR provides a low cost service to the US by creating a national culture that allows our immigrants to assimilate. The Daily Caller provides the video:

“Here’s the case: You know we have a common culture,” Brooks said. “If we’re going to assimilate people, if we’re going to be one nation – it helps to have a common culture. There’s some things that do join us. And government has some role in help creating those things, in funding the things that join us.”

Brooks likened public broadcasting to the Smithsonian and said it was worth the small amount of money from the U.S. Treasury.

“The Smithsonian museums do some of that,” he continued. “I think public broadcasting with shows like ‘The American Experience,’ they give us all something to clue into our history. They join us as a people. They assimilate immigrants and it’s worth a very small amount, and you should see my paychecks – a very small amount that we pay to this.”

Here’s the rebuttal case: the government’s role isn’t to create a “common culture.” If government had a real interest in a common culture, NPR might be the least efficient method of delivering one.  The most efficient method would be to keep all government communications in a common language.  Of all the “things that join us,” or in this case separate us, language is the most basic.

Furthermore, we wouldn’t have to pay extra to get the government to conduct all its business in one common language.  In bilingual education alone the US spends billions of dollars, far more than its subsidies to public broadcasting.  Requirements to print all notices and paperwork in a number of languages cost another fortune, including ballots which only US citizens can use, and naturalized citizens are supposed to demonstrate enough competency in English to fully engage as citizens.

NPR’s ratings makes a joke of the notion that it creates a “national culture” of any kind, and the proliferation of choices available to consumers underscores the point.  The only culture NPR helps push is an entitlement culture.

Update: Noel Sheppard catches Chris Matthews on the same show making a mistake that most conservatives would probably excuse:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: If the Republicans get a real opportunity next year because President Carter, President – there’s a mistake – President uh, uh, Obama doesn’t seem to have a grip on it, he doesn’t seem to be able to pull the economy back. He’s not, it’s not working. Who would be the best to exploit that situation? Because that’s the person who would win.


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The profundity of “NPR will be much better off without tax funds” rests in the utterly despicable treatment they have yet to unleash against the Tea Party movement. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

maverick muse on March 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Oh, dudes. 5+ Stars ***** for the Borg reference. You’ve captured me for the day.

IronDioPriest on March 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Brooks may be a Republican, but he is no conservative.

ladyingray on March 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Here in Southern California, the illegal immigrants won’t stop talking about what they heard on this week’s World of Opera.

Cicero43 on March 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Love the Matthews freudian slip. ROFL!!! Truth hurts, doesn’t it? ROFL!!!

My opinion on this subject hasn’t changed, so I’ll just paste my comment from the headlines thread, here.

How is it, that this ignoramous hasn’t been committed yet?

capejasmine on March 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

capejasmine on March 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Of all the “things that join us,” or in this case separate us, language is the most basic.

So Ed is aligned with Michael Savage.

Don’t neglect BORDERS along with the language and culture, Ed.

maverick muse on March 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

World of Opera.

Cicero43 on March 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Seriously?

maverick muse on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I am so sick and tired of hearing “All Things Considered” blasted out of whips. I can barely hear Dennis Miller over the heavy bassline pumping NPR…

Fallon on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

There’s some things that do join us. And government has some role in help creating those things, in funding the things that join us.

I’ve defended Brooks here and there in the past, but not this time. What the frack is he thinking?!? The government has a role in creating and funding assimilation? No!

JetBoy on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I thought “common culture” was a big part of the reason for public education. Has it failed in that purpose?

theCork on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I’m so confused. I thought assimilation was NASA’s job.

halfastro on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Update: Noel Sheppard catches Chris Matthews on the same show making a mistake that most conservatives would probably excuse:

This is at least the second time The tingle does this.

the_nile on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

No wonder David Brooks is the Left’s favorite “conservative.” Like Jimmy Carter was the Soviet Union’s favorite American president.

Cicero43 on March 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Has Brooks ever criticized civics education in the public schools? ( Teachers are the “first responders” in cultural matters, after all.) Just wondering.

Seth Halpern on March 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

If one national culture is a worthwhile cause, why do we separate students in some counties out by race or national origin for special segregated education? Why do schools in some areas do some of their teaching in Spanish?

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I only caught 5-10 minutes of Morning Joe today but managed to see Joe Scarborough ridicule Palin, ridicule Bachmann, and pronounce Obama brilliant on Libya. And just Friday Ed was praising him and saying we really really need him at MSNBC and not in the Senate. Well, truer words were never spoken.

Marcus on March 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

NPR broadcasts in Spanish?

glockomatic on March 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Brooks gets weirder as time goes on. With all the hyphenated Americans and other liberal identity ideas pushed by NPR and other outlets for the left…he shouhd have said “dis-assimilation”.

Harry Schell on March 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“I think public broadcasting with shows like ‘The American Experience,’ they give us all something to clue into our history

I guess Brooks never heard of the History Channel. If enough people actually watch The American Experience, then it will survive on commercial TV. The ratings bar on cable is pretty low. Just ask MSNBC.

How much is that “very small amount?” It’s approximately $1.35 from each taxpayer, each year.

I don’t care if it’s 1.35 cents. I don’t want a gun put to my head to pay for any TV or radio outlet, especially one that promotes political views antithetical to my own.

They assimilate immigrants

What? All of America assimilates immigrants if they allow it to. Cripes, can Brooks and his ilk be more self important?

RadClown on March 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Brooks and Matthews – now there are two GIANT intellects. At least in their own eyes.

GarandFan on March 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

David Brooks. Is there anyone more out of touch? Yeah, I know there are plenty. He’s just the focus of the day.

BetseyRoss on March 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Immigrants don’t want to assimilate. Those that do want to learn english, watch popular television shows – not listen to npr.

Blake on March 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

MATTHEWS: If the Republicans get a real opportunity next year because President Carter, President – there’s a mistake – President uh, uh, Obama

Had it right the first time, Chrissy.

Vyce on March 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

npr does not represent American culture. It’s market is pseudo-intellectuals.

Blake on March 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Common culture the key to assimilation? Whoa, let’s buy immigrants NASCAR tickets then!

NASCAR fans are certainly more tolerant than NPR reporters and administrators.

Glenside on March 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Every time I go into a barrio, I hear NPR blaring from every hovel.

Immigrants don’t want to assimilate. Those that do want to learn english, watch popular television shows – not listen to npr.

Because it’s much better. I spend a reasonable amount of time in a country with a difficult language, and popular TV shows are great – they show people interacting in a normal fashion, and provide a lot of good vocabulary practice on common words. Listening to a bunch of intellectuals pontificate would be almost useless for language learning.

Realist on March 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

NPR doesn’t like America. Admittedly, it’s not as bad as the BBC which holds Britain and Western Civilization in such utter contempt that I think it should be labelled a hate group. I have no theory to explain why socialist media should hate the hand that feeds them, but it just seems to be the case.
The idea that an anti-American organization like the NPR should play a role in the assimilation of immigrants is a bad idea. People who come America should want to love our country. Yes, they should be open to honest criticism of our country, but the NPR view of America is that America is the fount of all the evil in the world. Such a view does constitute honest criticism. A cursory glance around the world (Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Libya, et cetera) suggest that the NPR world view is a paranoid world view.

thuja on March 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Hasn’t multiculturalism taught us this is wrong?

Isn’t the greater point that our culture isn’t greater than anyones else’s, at least according to the Left?

So if you’re a Leftist, shouldn’t you now be screaming at the top of your lungs that NPR should be defunded due to its attempting to create conservative Americans through propagandizing and the institution of a ‘American’ culture?

catmman on March 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Even moreso, I don’t know a single person who listens to NPR. There are people out there that do, but not many. Why on Earth would immigrants turn on NPR as opposed to the Spanish TV stations, or any TV station?

jeffn21 on March 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Listening to a bunch of intellectuals pontificate would be almost useless for language learning.

Realist on March 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

It would be hilarious to hear a immigrant who learned to speak English by listening to only NPR.

thuja on March 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Brooks may be a Republican, but he is no conservative.

ladyingray on March 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Gee do ya think? ;-)

Juts kidding. From all I’ve read about him, I have no doubt that he is a Marxist. He might as well quit trying to fool anybody and just drop the “republican” tag.

UltimateBob on March 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

npr does not represent American culture. It’s market is pseudo-intellectuals.

Blake on March 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Who all talk slowly in hushed tones, because their words are so profound they must measure each one carefully before uttering them.

strictnein on March 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Can someone ask Brooks what he IS in favor of cutting from the federal budget? Seriously, dude sounds just like every other Democrat inside the beltway.

Doughboy on March 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Even moreso, I don’t know a single person who listens to NPR.
jeffn21 on March 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I tried. But it was getting too expensive to buy all those air sickness bags.

angryed on March 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I didn’t know Brooks was so anti-immigration. People hear the smug, self-important snooze-fest on NPR they’ll surely think twice before assimilating into that common culture.

forest on March 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I’d like to see an experitment.

Take the transcript of an Air America show and the transcript of a PBS/NPR show. Leave out any names of hosts. Show the transcripts to 100 people and ask them which they think is the “liberal” network show and which they think is the “impartial/centrist” PBS/NPR show.

I’d bet 90 of them would say there is no difference.

angryed on March 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

From all I’ve read about him, I have no doubt that he is a Marxist. He might as well quit trying to fool anybody and just drop the “republican” tag.

UltimateBob on March 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

A psuedo Republican, in commie clothing.

capejasmine on March 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Brooks may be a Republican, but he is no conservative.

ladyingray on March 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Brooks is neither, he is a wannabe elitist that views the world through the same prism as those on the left. Government is a good thing and better if he is influencing the policy makers.

belad on March 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I can understand what he’s saying – you want to put out there cultural totems around which everyone will assemble and say This Is What America Is.

It seems to me, though, that pinning your hopes on NPR – a couple of whose local affiliates host some of the most wonderful separatist racial grievance-mongers out there – illustrates once again the creased-trousers, dinner-party isolation of the stratum in which Brooks lives.

JEM on March 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

What about the First Ammendment?

What’s the difference between the government funding “free speech” and the government funding “freedom of religion”.

If the Fed can pick a broadcast channel to fund with tax money…why can’t they pick a church to fund? Somehow I think the numnuts clamoring for public broadcasting would change their tune. Of course that would be “different”.

SwabJockey on March 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Asshatus of Brooks wants us all assimilated.

Resistance is mute button.

Memes will be dissimilated.

Brooks is collective non-sentenient taken over by collectivitis.

ajacksonian on March 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Yet more proof that Brooks needs to get out of his ivory tower: NPR as the builder of a common culture? The preferred radio network of White urban progressives and almost no one else? Just how many immigrants does this cocktail conservative think tune in to NPR?

irishspy on March 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Will someone please explain to me how NPR is so much better at aiding assimilation than Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Jewelry Channel?

unclesmrgol on March 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

…If the Fed can pick a broadcast channel to fund with tax money…why can’t they pick a church to fund? …
SwabJockey on March 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

 
This is a very good point. Unfortunately, this kind of ninja logic will be lost on them. Also, keep in mind that in that government already funds the liberal religion.

ClanDerson on March 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

NPR doesn’t like America

Utter BS. Yes, all of the national hatred on “Car Talk” is breathtaking. And how about the cesspool of hatred that is “A Prairie Home Companion”?

Grow Fins on March 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Even moreso, I don’t know a single person who listens to NPR.

Oooooh. Definitive proof that NPR is irrelevant.

Grow Fins on March 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

MATTHEWS: If the Republicans get a real opportunity next year because President Carter, President – there’s a mistake – President uh, uh, Obama

Had it right the first time, Chrissy.

Vyce on March 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Oooh, oooh, oooh, Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter!

teke184 on March 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Common Culture = Common Core Educational Standards = Common Thought.

That’s the goal. He’s right. Assimilation. But to whom/what are we assimilating?

manateespirit on March 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Great for liberal indoctrination was be more descriptive.

tarpon on March 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I am a naturalized citizen (been here since ’85), I did not watch/listen to PBS or NPR (etc) for the ‘assimilation’.

I certainly have my doubts the recent immigrants (legal or not) watch and listen to government propaganda for the purpose of assimilation.

Sir Napsalot on March 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Even moreso, I don’t know a single person who listens to NPR. There are people out there that do, but not many. jeffn21 on March 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I sometimes listen to the classical music on NPR. Back when I lived in a major market (DC) that also had a commercial classical station, I listened to the commercial station rather than NPR because they had a better playlist. Surprise, even in the classical music realm, for-profit does a better job appealing to listeners’s wants and desires than government-funded.

I always switch the station when the NPR people start talking. And if the NPR station went away, I’d just make certain to do a better job of stocking the vehicle with CDs for those days when I’m in the mood for classical.

CJ on March 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

“Back in the day” folks “assimilated” out of pride of becoming an American, not the hyphenated prefixed Americans we have nowadays…if this is Brooks` example of the effectiveness of NPR it is a giant fail (as is all things Brooksian). My grandfather did not need npr`s influence to “assimilate” he did it out of the joy and honor of having the privelidge of coming to America. The last thing our society needs is npr`s leftist/socialist bent being used as an example of how to “assimilate”. He does have nice crease on his trousers though.

NY Conservative on March 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

it helps to have a common culture. There’s some things that do join us.

It’s not anything on NPR. It’s more like the NRA.

wildweasel on March 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

The only common culture that NPR pushes is “let’s all be liberals.” And that’s fine, if I didn’t have to pay for it. Drop the federal money and drop the pretense that you’re neutral.

Fred 2 on March 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Brooks calls himself a conservative, which enables Chrissy Matthews to pretend that he is presenting a “fair and balanced” array of viewpoints on his show.

Brooksie is just another useful tool in the progressive toolbox.

Naturally Curly on March 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Even moreso, I don’t know a single person who listens to NPR.

Oooooh. Definitive proof that NPR is irrelevant.

Grow Fins on March 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I know someone who listens to NPR. He’s a lefty idiot.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Look , NPR is a symptom, a case in point. If we NEVER, EVER, EVER find anything that we feel we can cut, we’re never going to get off this merry go round. It’s this ‘oh we can’t get along without that’ meme that got us into the mess we’re in. Cut the damn outlet and make sure it’s just a start. Let them join the private sector and earn their keep.

jeanie on March 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

If immigrants want to assimilate, let them listen to Rush. It costs the taxpayers nothing and the immigrants will learn more about America in 5 minutes than they would on NPR in a lifetime.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

As I noted in the headlines, if we’re going to fund programming to assimilate people to this country, the programming should at least be pro-American.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

ah, hahahahaha
Captain Trouser Crease at it again.
What a fool.

james23 on March 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

If immigrants want to assimilate, let them listen to Rush. It costs the taxpayers nothing and the immigrants will learn more about America in 5 minutes than they would on NPR in a lifetime.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

That would be like trying to teach a 10-year old boy about anatomy by giving him a free subscription to Playboy.

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Can someone who has the time find the NPR Arbitron numbers… I cant wait to peel back the “demographic”
layers…

And I was under the impression one assimilates to America, through an oath and process called “citizenship”.

Odie1941 on March 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Think of the damage Brooks could do if anybody listened to him.

Cicero43 on March 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

no surprise you hate rush…you sure hate the truth.

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Given the track record of Air America, is it any wonder liberals want NPR funded by the Feds.

Some muckety-muck got AOL to pony up big for the HuffPo, maybe they can spare some shareholder dollars for NPR.

Angry Dumbo on March 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I do not post very often. But I can not help myself when I see such stupid arguments for support of a business that makes money.

$451 million dollars for any public radio station is insane. Do not tell me that it is just a drop in the bucket of federal waste.

I am going to cite some numbers. If I am wrong please correct me.

The median income per household in the U.S. is 50000 dollars. So at 450 million dollars it take 9000 households to pay for public bradcasting subsidies.

Does anyone think that 9000 households should be thrown on the the street just to save NPR.

TomLawler on March 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

no surprise you hate rush…you sure hate the truth.

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Rush wouldn’t know truth if it walked up wearing a nametag signed by Ann Coulter herself.

That was the worst idea to educate immigrants on the American culture I’ve seen; it’s like introducing them to our food by taking them to McDonalds. Is that really the best you can do?

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

If immigrants want to assimilate, let them listen to Rush. It costs the taxpayers nothing and the immigrants will learn more about America in 5 minutes than they would on NPR in a lifetime.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

That would be like trying to teach a 10-year old boy about anatomy by giving him a free subscription to Playboy.

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

When I was 12, my uncle Bob gave me his collection of Playboy’s. It was complete back to 1957. My mom wasn’t happy.

I did learn quite a bit about anatomy.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

…And how about the cesspool of hatred that is “A Prairie Home Companion”?

Grow Fins on March 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

You’ve noticed the sniping, mockery and dismissive remarks, too? I used to think it was a cute, quaint show, but even PHC has become more politically biased lately (left wing).

Occasionally, some of the guest music is okay if you like the ol’timey stuff…

Fallon on March 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Rush wouldn’t know truth if it walked up wearing a nametag signed by Ann Coulter herself.

right, name one of his lies. you can’t.

That was the worst idea to educate immigrants on the American culture I’ve seen; it’s like introducing them to our food by taking them to McDonalds. Is that really the best you can do?

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I’m sure you think Al-jazeera is the best wauy to assimilate them…

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM

it’s like introducing them to our food by taking them to McDonalds. Is that really the best you can do?

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

mcdonalds is a great place to take a foreigner. its quintessentially american…you’re a typical leftwing snob.

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

A little background info on Garrison Keillor.

Fallon on March 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

A little background info on Garrison Keillor.

Fallon on March 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

he’s a left-wing wacko.

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Rush is a quintessential american success story. He embodies all that is good about america, and he celebrates what it is to be american.

those that hate him are left-wing loons.

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I’m sure DS will give the predictable quotes from those left-wing liars and soros sock-puppets at media matters….

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I wouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to take an immigrant to a fast food joint. It isn’t the best that this country has to offer, but it is a part of what we are.

I worked at a Taco bell for a few months when I was in college. One night these two Swedish tourists showed up at the order window. They said they had never had Mexican food and wanted to try it. We gave them a free taco, explained that it wasn’t ‘really’ Mexican food and sent them to the best Mexican restaurant in town.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I had some immigrants tell me at THANKSGIVING dinner..that america has no culture….it was like do you realize what day it is???

right4life on March 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

If people want to assimilate, they’ll find a way, it’s not like we make it difficult or expensive. Remember when I was in Mexico, needed to work on my Spanish -> going out and talking to people was great. Asked ‘como se dice’, got an answer every time. This was back when they didn’t hate gringos… they liked it that I tried to speak with them.

Brooks is a conservative just like I’m an Eskimo. I could claim to be an Eskimo all day, but I’m afraid a real Eskimo might notice the hillbilly freckles, slight southern drawl, and the smell of ham hocks.

jodetoad on March 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I wouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to take an immigrant to a fast food joint. It isn’t the best that this country has to offer, but it is a part of what we are.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

We had a boy from Ukraine stay with us one summer. You should have seen his eyes light up the day I drove into the McDonald’s parking lot.

We took him other places while he was here, but it was McDonald’s that excited him. I suspect somewhere in Ukraine a young man still brags to his friends that he’s been to a McDonald’s.

CJ on March 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

When I was 12, my uncle Bob gave me his collection of Playboy’s. It was complete back to 1957. My mom wasn’t happy.

I should think she wasn’t. Your uncle is lucky he didn’t face legal charges for handing adult material to a minor. (although I’m supposing this was back before the public was paranoid of ‘pedos’ to McCarthyist levels)

I did learn quite a bit about anatomy.

trigon on March 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Probably…

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Brooks: NPR great for “assimilation” who has his snout in the trough feeding at taxpayer’s expense by appearing on said network’s News Hour. No conflict of interest in his opinion.

chickasaw42 on March 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

NPR doesn’t like America
Utter BS. Yes, all of the national hatred on “Car Talk” is breathtaking. And how about the cesspool of hatred that is “A Prairie Home Companion”?

Grow Fins on March 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Wow, car talk is about politics?

I hope you aren’t paying for these lame talking points. If so, you got robbed.

runawayyyy on March 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I should think she wasn’t. Your uncle is lucky he didn’t face legal charges for handing adult material to a minor. (although I’m supposing this was back before the public was paranoid of ‘pedos’ to McCarthyist levels)

Dark-Star on March 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Really? Do me a favor and re-read the second sentence, followed immediately by the stuff you put in parentheses. Doctor McCarthy, heal thyself.

Oh, and Wisconsin teachers were not ever treated like black slaves picking cotton. In case you wanted to claim that again.

runawayyyy on March 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

npr does not represent American culture. It’s market is pseudo-intellectuals.

Blake on March 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Who all talk slowly in hushed tones, because their words are so profound they must measure each one carefully before uttering them.

strictnein on March 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

When we defund PBS they can become live golf announcers.

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Can someone ask Brooks what he IS in favor of cutting from the federal budget? Seriously, dude sounds just like every other Democrat elite (of either party) inside the beltway
Doughboy on March 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

FIFY

bofh on March 14, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Rats.

There was supposed to be a strikeout over the word “Democrat”. Apparently strike doesn’t work nested with strong, although it did appear in the preview…

bofh on March 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM