Regarding the blatant falsehood that Obama has not offered a detailed plan to avoid sequestration

David Brooks, the supposedly reasonable conservative columnist for the New York Times, has foolishly joined the chorus of voices claiming that President Obama has yet to produce a plan to avert the painful sequestration that now looms on the horizon.

But Steve Benen has thrown a WITHERING SPOTLIGHT on Brooks’ nonsense:

As best as I can tell, New York Times columnist David Brooks is a well-connected pundit. Powerful people return his phone calls, and when he wants information from top governmental offices, Brooks tends to get them.

And with this in mind, it’s puzzling that Brooks based his entire column today on an easily-checked error. The conservative pundit insists President Obama “declines to come up with a proposal to address” next week’s sequester mess, adding, “The president hasn’t actually come up with a proposal to avert sequestration.”

I’ll never understand how conservative media personalities get factual claims like this so very wrong. If Brooks doesn’t like Obama’s sequester alternative, fine; he can write a column explaining his concerns. But why pretend the president’s detailed, already published plan, built on mutual concessions from both sides, doesn’t exist? If you’re David Brooks, why don’t you just pick up the phone, call the West Wing, and say, “Do you folks have a proposal to address the sequester or not?” I’m certain an administration official would help him by sending him exactly what he’s looking for, and then he wouldn’t have to publish claims that are demonstrably wrong.

UPDATE: David Brooks is now WALKING BACK his claim that Obama has no plan. He must have read this blog post.


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