SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2022
We can't say we're totally sure: Why has Pamela Moses been sentenced to prison?
Given the way our news orgs work, we can't say we're totally sure. As is almost always the case, the basic facts in this emerging case have proven quite hard to assemble.
Menwhile, the novelization has been fairly clear. Either that, or the basic journalistic incompetence.
On Thursday night, this rather complicated case became the horse Rachel Maddow rode out on.
Maddow was heading off to spend several months making an unutterably pointless film about Spiro Agnew's free lunch money during the Nixon years.
In fairness, Ben Stiller will apparently be involved in the film, so it may be part of the Dodgeball franchise. At any rate, Maddow built her final TV show around the Moses case.
In Rachel's hands, the Moses case became the standard example of misconduct by a mustachio-twirling judicial villain in Tennessee.
That said, what actually happened in this case? It's very hard to be sure. We'll note two basic points:
First point: Alas! We can't show you what Rachel said on Thursday night. Her "cable news" channel continues to slow-walk its transcript production.
(As we type, they're offering transcripts through this past Monday night, January 31.)
At this point, can anyone really believe that this slow-walking is anything other than what it seems to be? If so, we'll have one of what you're having! Life must be unspeakably great on Blind Trust and Pure Belief.
Second point: This morning, the Washington Post has presented a lengthy report about the Moses case. Sadly, it's impossible to know from this lengthy report what actually happened in the matter under review.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our discourse is dying off fast. It's pretty much nothing but Storyline now:
Whatever became of such well-known entities as competence, clarity, basic skills, elementary relevant facts?