It’s officially over
David Brooks comes out at the New York Times.
Today, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Vet” is officially over.
Liberals in the media no longer have to hide who this administration is, and the journalists who were forced to resign under the policy can re-enlist.
This is one of the media’s signature achievements. Countless journalists fought hard to hide President Obama’s failings over the course of nearly three years, and President Obama’s soul is proud to have joined the death panel on this attack.
But today’s news isn’t just a media promise kept—it’s a personal promise kept to the hundreds of readers who needed and deserved this change.
I want to share a video put together about some of the people affected by this change, put together by journalists who served in the media during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Vet”.
You should watch the video and share it with everyone who cares about fairness and equality in America.
Before my current job, I was a journalist working for the Wall Street Journal, and I can honestly say that repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Vet” is one of the greatest things I have ever been or ever will be a part of. I think about it every time I write an article in my office, where I keep a pair of well-creased pants the President wore while taking over health care.
It’s a reminder that—as broken as journalism is and as wrong as the Times can be—journalists and politicians can do amazing things when they work together and never waver from the vision that unites them.
There’s a lot more to write in the months ahead. There will be Republicans to attack, tea partiers to vilify, and plumbers to vet. But today is one to savor.
Oh, no, don’t worry. We won’t be vetting Obama. It’s Republican Primary season!