We live in astonishing times: We live in remarkable times.
On a major morning show—Morning Joe—an utterly naked propaganda campaign is being waged against Candidate Clinton.
At the same time, the press corps is giving remarkably wide berth to the statements of other candidates. As an example of what we mean, consider the way Chuck Todd rolled over and died on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
Todd was speaking with Candidate Trump, who tosses off howlers in much the way other alleged people breathe. Once again, recent examples:
At last week’s nationally televised debate, he invented “twenty-five stories”—newspaper reports—about the way he says he opposed the war with Iraq.
Those news reports don’t seem to exist. But no one is going to say this to Trump, or ask the great man to provide them.
He has also invented six people who died in the search for Bowe Bergdahl. Last week, he invented “hundreds of thousands” of members of a veterans group—a veterans group which had seemed to endorse him.
On the down side, this alleged veterans group doesn’t exactly seem to exist. And it seems to have no members.
Candidate Trump tosses off howlers in much the way journalists breathe. But even for him, he made a remarkable statement to Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
Our old pal Chuck was asking Trump about the fellow who said, at a town hall last week, that Obama is a Muslim and isn’t even an American. When Todd popped the following question, Trump made a remarkable statement:
TODD (9/20/15): Can you imagine supporting or being comfortable if a Muslim ever became president of the United States?Good God! That was a stunning pair of remarks!
TRUMP: I can say that, you know, it’s something that at some point could happen. We will see. I mean, you know, it’s something that could happen. Would I be comfortable? I don't know if we have to address it right now, but I think it is certainly something that could happen.
TODD: You said you had no problem putting a Muslim in our cabinet.
TRUMP: I mean, some people have said it already happened, frankly. But, of course, you wouldn’t agree with that. And—
“Some people have said it already happened? But, of course, you wouldn’t agree with that?”
Trump was making no attempt to hide his loud dog-whistles. Even as he spoke to Chuck, he was whistling right in Chuck’s face!
Given his ugly, stupid history as the all-powerful King of the Birthers, it was an astounding pair of remarks. Since it was Sunday, he made them on Meet the Press!
At first, Chuck was almost willing to go there! Trump had played Birther King for years. Chuck almost semi-acknowledged that fact—and Trump answered one part of his question:
TODD (continuing directly): Actually, let’s get to that. Why won’t you concede that the president is a Christian and that the president was born in the United States?With Reverend Wright to fall back on, why not concede that point? That said, Trump had served the nation as birther king. He had mainly challenged Obama’s place of birth, not his religious affiliation.
TRUMP: Because I don’t talk about people’s faith. Now, in all fairness, he said he was a Christian and he said he is a Christian. He attended the church of Reverend Wright. And so, you know, I am willing going to take him at his word for that. I have no problem with that.
Chuck noticed that Trump had skipped that part of the question. But when he posed that part of his question again, the birther king refused to reply, and Chuck rolled over and died:
TODD (continuing directly): Well, why not take the birth certificate at its word?After whistling rather loudly again— the subject of Obama’s birth is long and complex, Trump said—he said he didn’t want to discuss it. So Chuck politely moved on.
TRUMP: Well, I just don’t want to discuss it. I mean frankly, you know, when you get in to these subjects, I want to talk about jobs. I want to talk about the military, I want to talk about the vets and frankly how bad they’re treated. They’re treated like third class citizens. We’re treating the illegal immigrants better than we treat our vets.
And those are the things that I want to talk about. The other is a long, complex subject that I just don’t like talking about, and I won’t talk about it.
TODD: Don’t you think you will have people more open to your message on jobs and the economy if you sort of put that other thing to rest?
TRUMP: No, Chuck I don’t think—I think we have, you know, two things that are totally different. I just don’t discuss it and really it has not been brought up for a long time. You’re bringing it up this morning, but I am into the world of jobs. I’m into the world of military and vets. And frankly I discuss Obamacare because you see what is happening with the premiums—they’re going through the—a lot of problems with Obamacare.
TODD: Two quick questions. This week we’re going to see a lot of world leaders come to the United States, come to Manhattan and hanging out at some of your buildings that you own. Let me start with Vladimir Putin...
We think that was a stunning exchange. Here’s why:
For several years, Trump talked and talked—in dishonest, disgraceful ways—about Obama’s place of birth. He even claimed that he had sent investigators to Hawaii. He said the things his agents had found were going to curl our hair.
That was all a lie, of course. But now, as the nation reaps the wages of Trump’s misconduct, Todd never even mentioned the fact that this conduct ever occurred!
Do you remember how Todd’s predecessor, the late Tim Russert, got famous? He got famous by playing tape of various things politicians had said in the past!
Now, Todd refused to even mention one of the most egregious lying campaigns any candidate ever waged. Trump said he wanted to talk about jobs, so Chuck rolled over and purred.
Todd’s refusal to even mention the past was little short of amazing. That’s especially true when you consider the way his highly professional millionaire colleagues are savaging Candidate Clinton.
Do you know who else wants to talk about jobs? Candidate Clinton wants to! But the press is refusing to let that occur. It’s all emails, all the time—or at least it was before the current week.
The week, a propaganda campaign has rolled out in which the questions about Obama’s birth are said to be Clinton’s doing.
The claim is simply absurd on its face. But even as Todd refuses to so much as mention the fact of Trump relentless birtherism, there are Mika and Joe, playing doctored tape of Clinton, accusing her of the crime.
Baby boy Todd rolled over and died. Presumably, he can’t afford to take the risk of losing Candidate Trump as a guest!
But even as Chuck rolls over and dies, Mika and Joe are waging a naked, undisguised war on the other front-runner. Willie Haskell Junior is always there to help.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at tape from their program this week. Especially with those two monsters around, we live in astonishing times.