July 6: David Brooks with Larry Mantle
About This Event
David Brooks is a conservative political and cultural commentator who is a NY Times op-ed columnist . He has worked as a film critic for The Washington Times, a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception, a contributing editor at Newsweek, and The Atlantic Monthly, in addition to working as a commentator on NPR and the PBS NewsHour.
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,” both published by Simon & Schuster.
Mr. Brooks joined The Weekly Standard at its inception in September 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. Prior to that, he was posted in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs. His first post at the Journal was as editor of the book review section, and he filled in for five months as the Journal’s movie critic.
Mr. Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983, and worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau, a wire service owned jointly by the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times.
He is also a frequent analyst on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and the “Diane Rehm Show.” His articles have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, the TLS, Commentary, The Public Interest and many other magazines. He is editor of the anthology “Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing” (Vintage Books).
BROOKS ON TRUMP:
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.
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.