We'll save the worst for last: Ever so quickly, we'll cite three things we saw last night on our flailing, floundering nation's pitiful "cable news" channels.
At one point, we saw the "opening monologue" on Sean Hannity's show. On this, the evening of the indictments, he offered his monologue beneath a large graphic proclaiming this:
URANIUM ONEReaders, we sh*t you not!
No transcript has yet been posted. Beyond that, we expect to discuss Uranium One next week, within an award-winning report entitled Krugman Ignored, or something much like that.
For these reasons, we'll leave this particular bullshit right there, though we will offer two questions:
Which major American newspaper published a gigantic, 4400-word front-page report about Uranium One and the scary uranium deal?Because we're saving the worst for last, we'll go to Maddow next.
Have you ever seen a single "career liberal" mention, challenge, question or name-call the stunning journalistic disgrace produced by that major newspaper?
Roughly ten minutes into her show, we heard the analysts in the next room emit their familiar keening wail:
"I I I I I I I," the youngsters familiarly said.
Maddow's transcript isn't up yet. We could transcribe what she said from our award-winning On Demand service. But, eschewing such self-degradation, we'll leave her words for another day.
(Full disclosure: Knowing how gong show leads on to clown car, we doubt if we should ever come back.)
The worst thing we saw last night came from Don Lemon and guests. His transcript isn't available either, so we'll patch and fill.
First, Lemon interviewed Ronan Farrow, who seems to have his nose in the underwater drawer at this time. We didn't see much of that interview, but then the guest pundits came on.
There followed a grotesque discussion between Lemon and Tara Setmayer about the reason why Melania Trump prefers a separate bedroom—reportedly, that is. Setmayer is brighter than the average "cable news" bear, but she and Lemon were appalling last night.
We regarded Farrow as a hero of journalist labor for his dogged, important reporting about Harvey Weinstein's criminal assaults and attacks. Doggedly, he told the story that all our New York Times "goddesses" and our all-around heroes had long chosen not to tell.
Now he has his nose in the drawer, busily reporting on Donald J. Trump's fully consensual conduct. He's also reporting on the six figures one woman took from a man named Pecker—a guide who only had at heart her story getting lost.
Could we erect a giant statue in honor of David Pecker? Also, could we establish a federal fund designed to keep all men and women from discussing their consensual affairs with major public figures?
As Lemon and Setmayer showed us last night, once you let us humans start discussing such matters, we'll want to discuss little else. This week featured 17 killings and 16 indictments, but Don and Tara were hard at work, snarking and scolding and proving to be "all too human."
When Lemon was still working weekend shifts, we praised him as kinder and gentler than the average cable host. He later got promoted to a demanding, two-hour nightly prime time slot.
On balance, the assignment hasn't gone well. The pressures of dealing with Donald J. Trump have dragged Lemon several miles out to sea, seemingly well past his depth.
By last night, he had descended to speculations about why a woman he doesn't know prefers a separate bedroom—reportedly, that is.
"That's it's for us," Lemon said as the segment ended. "That should be it for you, motherfrumper," one thoughtful young analyst said.
Extra-credit reading assignment: The power of paraphrase is on display in Christine Emba's new column in the Washington Post.
She paraphrases "many" people, quotes none. Dead strawmen frequently litter the countryside when such columns are done.
Emba didn't invent this approach. That said, why can't the youngsters come along and reject the mistakes of the ancients?