New York Times columnist David Brooks is taking a lot of heat for a column he wrote this week asking why President Trumpâs voters stick with him. Why? Because instead of doing what a journalist might do and actually talk to some Trump supporters, he wrote an imaginary conversation between âUrban Man,â who of course is up on the news and thinks Trumpâs call with Ukraineâs president proved to be an impeachable offense, and âFlyover Man,â who didnât read the call transcript and just tries to stay focused on âthe big picture.â
So Brooks, aka Urban Man, literally made up a Trump supporter, made assumptions about his knowledge, and put words in his mouth.
â New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) October 4, 2019
You know you CAN actually talk to people, you don't have to imagine human interaction up.
â Spooky Scary K ?ď¸â??? (@_Vs_The_World) October 4, 2019
I imagine you firing Brooks instead of continuing to pay him a very comfortable six figures for bad salt-of-the-earth fanfic.
â ?The Doubtful Guest ? (@InsideATureen) October 4, 2019
He couldnât just have a real conversation with a real Trump supporter?
â Leonardo (@LEEONAWDO) October 5, 2019
You donât have to have imaginary friends, NYT. Weâre out here. Weâre better informed on issues than coastal elites & we are willing to have real-life convos with people, when we arenât at work, bc our free time isnât spent making Drumpf effigies or crying in a safe space. Holla.
â K. Silkwood (@EnterNameHere01) October 5, 2019
David is scared to actually talk to a Trump supporter. Snowflake âď¸
â The not Thomas Pink Fox (@spread_collar) October 5, 2019
Maybe he should actually visit multiple parts of fly over country and talk to real people. Never heard any male or female talk like he imagined.
â MamaRoseGold (@FaithImportant) October 5, 2019
So embarrassing for this once proud institution of journalism
â peanut (@peanutweet) October 5, 2019
David Brooks couldnât be inconvenienced to step out of his ivory tower to interview a real Trump supporter so he just made one up. pic.twitter.com/7QYsgoMiYz
â Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 5, 2019
When they cannot adequately counter real people and their reasons, they go straight to the imaginary every damn time.
â Jean Paul Zodeaux (@JeanPaulZodeaux) October 5, 2019
I love how the first thing âFlyover Manâ says is, âI really havenât had time to look into it.â LMFAO
Wow, David, youâve really captured how truly *lazy & uninformed* the right is these days.
Keep telling yourself that.
â Tape Dispenser (@tape__dispenser) October 5, 2019
âAn imagined conversion with Flyover Man.â
This is literally fiction. @nytimes publishes opinion pieces based on fictional stories. Sad.
â BobbyDank ??âď¸ (@BobbyDank) October 5, 2019
I can still remember a time when they didn't admit they make shit up.
â Deconstructed NEWS (@siglo__XXI) October 5, 2019
My greatest enemies are the ones I construct in my head.
â Chyba Prekladu (@hutsalak) October 5, 2019
Heaven forbid that we try to understand each other.
â Technical Animal Fat (@not_human_food) October 5, 2019
I just hypothetically spoke to all of Dave's family members and they can't stand him.
â Joe MacKinnon (@JTMacKinnon) October 5, 2019
A microcosm of the political climate that gave birth to the Trump presidency in the first place. Ignoring legitimate concerns of American voters.
â Memuneh (@MemunehMichael) October 5, 2019
HOO-boy, WTF was THAT?! David Brooksâ latest column on âinternet extremismâ has people wondering if heâs lost his marbles https://t.co/FKl1Z8mgTg
â Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 6, 2019