I have already blogged about the fact that media have spent days obsessing on allegations that a now-former aide to President Trump abused his two wives.
I have pointed out that both of them came forward to make the same allegations at the exact same time – an orchestrated event if there ever was one (by whom? who do you think?).
And I have pointed out that talking about this as if it is lead-story news is a way of using Porter as a “shiny object”, a distraction to avoid talking about the now-massive evidence that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama used the FBI and DOJ to attempt to take down a Donald Trump when he was a presidential candidate, and then an elected President.
A lot has been written about this in recent days. And Andrew Klavan at phmedia.com has a particularly good piece on the subject. Here are a few salient excerpts:
The resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter is a big scandal because Democrats and their news media are pumping it up to distract the public from the truly enormous scandal of the Obama administration’s apparent illegal spying on the Trump campaign and its apparent scuttling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Porter resigned after two of his ex-wives alleged that he beat them. Porter denies the allegations. If the charges are true, it is certainly a scandal, but a minor one. Unlike the Obama administration’s widespread corruption, it does not make the people more or less free. It does not make us richer or poorer. It does not make us safer or less safe.
The Porter scandal has a lot to offer the left. If they bring enough pressure and the president is foolish enough, it might cost Chief of Staff John Kelly his job. Kelly has done a lot to bring order to this chaotic White House. The left would love to see him go. The scandal also helps Democrats sell their narrative that Trump is anti-woman.
But most of all, the little Porter scandal is something to cover while covering up the slowly leaking story of an Obama administration that used the levers of power — the IRS, the State Department, the Department of Justice and the FBI — as weapons against its political opponents, as well as the connected scandal of a press so biased that it turned a blind eye to what Obama was doing.
Very well said. Every word true.
In life, there are things you do wrong that you can take back and things you do wrong that you can’t; they are irretrievable and change things forever.
Mainstream media’s studied avoidance of the immense scandals concerning HIllary Clinton’s use of the FBI and DOJ to undo a Presidential election, and Barack Obama’s aiding and abetting of that effort are in the latter category. Way far in in that category.
I neither see how these supposed “journalists” ever retrieve their credibility, nor why they deserve to get it back.
But, despite this, I still hope for One Voice – all it takes is one voice – among them to come clean with a mea culpa about his/her unspeakably disgraceful collapse of journalism. That person may be the only one with a chance to be journalistically whole again.