This Is Why David Brooks Writes These Strange Columns

In one very obvious chart.

David Brooks moves out of the way of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as he leaves the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. 
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Matt Berman
Jan. 3, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Have you spent your Fri­day won­der­ing why New York Times colum­nist Dav­id Brooks gets to pub­lish a column about smoking pot in his youth and why that ex­per­i­ence shows that the drug should be il­leg­al? Al­tern­at­ively, did you spend this past Decem­ber con­tem­plat­ing The Thought Lead­er, and won­der­ing just what ex­actly Brooks was get­ting at in his earli­er, reas­on­ably bizarre column? And, again, why that was pub­lished in the pa­per of re­cord?

Here’s a hint: It’s work­ing out pretty well!

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That’s as of 3 p.m. Fri­day. At that time, the Brooks column is also the pa­per’s third most blogged story, and the third most tweeted story in the past 24 hours. Sure, a whole lot of the blog­ging and tweet­ing might be of the head-slap­ping, face-palm­ing vari­ety. But from the per­spect­ive of the traffic-coun­ters at The New York Times, these con­found­ing Brooks columns sure are work­ing. And as Nich­olas “No More D” Kris­tof tweeted Thursday, Times colum­nists know when their stor­ies cre­ate some buzz. There is a reas­on trolling ex­ists, after all.


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