WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
It could send Trump to the White House: What does terrible journalism look like?
Terrible political journalism? Terrible political journalism built from a ubiquitous, low-IQ mainstream script about the Clintons' presumed corruption?
You might want to start your search with this tweet by Paul Krugman. It will take you tothis post by Kevin Drum.
Drum's post concerns a front-page report from Monday's Washington Post. The report was written by Rosalind Helderman, who strikes us as almost perverse in her need to find corruption wherever she looks.
(Helderman was Rachel Maddow's favorite Javert in the perverse, low-IQ attempt to send Governor Ultrasound to prison, preferably while embarrassing his children.)
Helderman strikes us as troubled, almost perverse. That said, this is Krugman's account of her most recent front-page attack:
"Oh, look—another story that sounds like Clinton corruption, but 25 paragraphs in you learn there's nothing there."
So true! The headline on Drum's post says this:
"Here Is Today's Latest Story About a Clinton Doing Nothing Wrong"
Exactly! And also potentially deeply destructive.
That said, we liberals lived it up when this kind of procedure was being aimed at a pol we disliked. Now it's being aimed at Candidate Clinton in a vastly more menacing context.
By the way, no one else named the names of any reporters in this latest front-page, script-driven mess. As Robert Frost said at President Kennedy's inauguration:
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
We liberals have been withholding ourselves from these mainstream press corps wars ever since they were launched long ago. When will we discuss the terrible work of the mainstream press in the ways they've long deserved?