So rules the Washington Post: In the past two days, our "news orgs" have been beating the bushes, desperately trying to solve the riddle of Melaniagate.
How do you solve a problem like Melania? It's just the kind of trivial matter our Potemnkin "press corps" loves.
It isn't that our glorious orgs shouldn't try to figure this out. It's just annoying when you see how many major matters have been thrown around in the past few days—major matters the nation's "news orgs" have never even tried to report or resolve.
These unresolved matters have often been used in fact-challenged attacks on Candidate Clinton. The children rush to analyze Melaniagate, but they've devoted years of their lives to avoiding these larger concerns:
What, them worry?By the way, what do you think of Trump's formal budget proposal? We think it's the craziest budget proposal any candidate ever produced.
According to the intelligence community, what was the motive behind the Benghazi attack? Clinton is being attacked as a liar on this score. What's the actual state of the facts?
Did Donald Trump ever oppose the war in Iraq at all? On Sunday's 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl seemed to vouch, two separate times, for the bogus claim that he did. Where are the 25 reports he said he could show us? Like a range of big TV stars before her, Stahl forgot to ask!
Did Donald Trump ever send investigators to Hawaii to probe Obama's birth? When the Times pretended to report this matter, they too forgot to ask!
We also note that the nation's news orgs have thoroughly disappeared it. But then, as Press Corps Barbie and Ken have said:
Melaniagate is lots of fun. Budget proposals are hard!
An amazing array of attacks are being aimed at Clinton this week. This is being done in the context of group demands that we "lock her up!"
As these attacks are displayed each day, the press is chasing Melaniagate. When they do attempt a bit of "fact-checking," you end up wishing they hadn't.
In our view, Kessler and Lee do a very shaky job today fact-checking last night's convention for the Washington Post. We're especially saddened by their claim that Candidate Clinton "lied" about her own name!
(Kessler and Lee: "Some viewers of the Republican National Convention may have been confused about McConnell’s charge that Clinton lied about her name. But this is indeed the case." In our view, their "reasoning" is silly, dumb, dim-witted, sad.)
The ugliness of the GOP's conduct and claims ought to be a front-page topic all by itself. Instead, the children are chasing Cribbedpassagesgate around and around—and when they do attempt to do some fact-checking, you end up wishing they hadn't.
(In our view, Kessler and Lee do a terrible job today with several other topics.)
In truth, our press corps has very few skills. To a larger extent, they lack a cultural commitment to the importance of fairness, balance, accuracy, common sense, simple decency, elementary truth.
They lost their way a long time back. Bless their hearts, but their ongoing conduct is sad.