“I think the audience has changed online,” Brooks said. “I think there’s been a return to authority. You know, I used to read blogs, and you’d kind of be reading something interesting, and then the bloggerwould write, ‘Well, I’ve got to quit now. I’m going off to junior high.’ I realized I’d been reading a 12-year old. But I think there has been a return away from some of that toward, whether it’s online or in print, a return to quality. People who actually make the calls, who are not speculating, who are reporting and I think there’s been a return to that sort of stuff.”
Mr. Brooks did not mention the specific names of individuals in the mainstream press whom he considers to be “real” reporters.
UPDATE: Brooks reminds me of how Pajamas Media, the best of libertarian thought, took its name: after bloggers disclosed Dan Rather’s use of fraudulent documents to smear George Bush, the older version of David Brooks dismissed their claim to the title journalist.
PJ Media’s name, formerly Pajamas Media, is derived from a dismissive comment made by former news executive vice-president Jonathan Klein of CBSduring the Killian documents affair involving then-CBS anchorman Dan Rather in the fall of 2004: “You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances at 60 Minutes and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas.”
Mr. Klein is gone, Dan Rather’s gone, and David Brooks is tied to the sinking ship that is still called mainstream, objective journalism. Bye ku.