Yesterday’s remarkable performance by FBI Director James Comey, or as I call it, The Immaculate Indictment, would take a religious epiphany for one to conclude Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be indicted based on the evidence presented.
Because while not an official indictment, Comey indicted Hillary in the court of public opinion.
Fifty four percent of voters polled believe Hillary should have been indicted.
Eighty one percent of the voters, as indicated in the latest Rasmussen Reports Poll, believe the powerful get preferential treatment when they break the law.” Clinton should have been indicted.
Just what this election has been about from the get go.
Them and us.
The people believe the elites play by different rules, made by the elite, for the elite. Have I said elite enough?
Most TV reporters you see on cable or the networks aren’t the “ink stained wretches” of black and white movies. They often party and play with the people they cover. They make a lot of money. They are the elite.
The crossover and intermingling of the worlds of journalism and politics is understandable. You meet people at work. But it’s also understandable that the people might be suspicious. They have every right to be.
Polls show voters believe the media have a pro Hillary bias. [See The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Election].
Here’s a way to try and win back the confidence of some of those voters.
It’s time for the elites in media to pressure the former Secretary of State into an open press conference. Not a controlled sit down on a set with a sympathetic reporter, no redundancy intended. Not a town hall stacked with anyone’s adoring supporters.
A real press conference. The last one Hillary Clinton held was on December 4, 2015. That’s 215 days, or a little more than seven months ago.
Obnoxious time comparisons:
– It took the Mayflower a little more than three months to make it from England to the shore off of what’s now Cape Cod.
– The gestation period of a grizzly bear is about 220 days.
– The gestation period of an opossum is 12 -13 days. I don’t know if they’re frisky creatures.
Resist shiny things and low hanging fruit.
Donald Trump makes it easy for the media to lose focus on what they’d like to lose focus on. Seems The Donald praised Saddam Hussein. Not the first time, but the first time media was looking for anything to change the narrative. A number of reporters jumped on it. Why not?
It’s a gift to media and Democrats redundant) that Trump seems to lack the ability to process and stop his thoughts before they become headlines. “Dude, do you hear yourself talking?”
The shooting of Alton Sterling, while a big story because of what looks like an execution by police of a black man, shouldn’t be ignored, nor should it be a distraction from Hillary Clinton’s deeds.
I hope the media, especially cable TV, resists the urge to politicize this the way they did Ferguson. Remember the now embarrassingly discredited “hands up don’t shoot” theme of nearly every show on CNN?
I doubt the social justice warriors in newsrooms will be able to resist, especially with the shooting video to use in teases and promos. Conflict works.
Hint to media: you can cover both stories.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has already handed the investigation over to the Department of Justice and the FBI. It’s time to let the system work. You know, the same system that delighted liberals when it didn’t didn’t indict Hillary. No justice, no peace anyone?
There’s no point in asking the Democrats and Hillary to lay off the racial politics for the good of the country. If they make the calculation a long hot summer is good for their electoral fortunes, there will be a long hot summer.
But back to the media.
Once again the people are telling the media, screaming at the media, “we’re being rat-fucked, please do something.”
When eighty one percent of the people believe they’re screwed it’s a dangerous thing.
To my former colleagues and friends in the media: isn’t it time to get back some of your self-respect? You work for the people, not the politicians. You have the unique opportunity and privilege to hold those politicians accountable. With that privilege comes the responsibility to do so.
Demand Hillary face the press and the people.
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