It’s just that time of the cycle: We’re glad to see that Lawrence O’Donnell has recovered from the injuries he suffered in a taxicab accident.
This has been his first week back on the air. Last night, he offered an intriguing framework concerning the pressing question of Hillary Clinton’s wealth:
O’DONNELL (6/25/14): Joining me now is Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter for the Washington Post, and Ezra Klein, editor in chief of Vox.com and an MSNBC policy analyst.To watch this full segment, click here.
Nia, as far as I can tell, I personally am not aware of any interest in how the Clintons have earned their money outside of the media’s interest in it. And this is that stage of a presidential campaign, which I say is already under way, in which because there really isn’t anything going on, and because the voters aren’t even close to thinking or speaking about it, the media then speaks for the voters and says, “Hey, what about all that money you have?”
HENDERSON: No, I think that’s right...
For the record, Lawrence has always been a rather strong Clinton/Gore-detractor. He loves to talk about Miss Lewinsky; almost surely, he always will. He was still trashing Gore as a liar in the middle of October 2000—inaccurately, no less.
In the passage we’ve posted, Lawrence made two observations about the current excitement concerning Clinton’s wealth:
First, he said he knows of no interest in this matter other than that of the media. He then explained the media’s interest. The media are only raising this question because nothing else is going on at this stage of the campaign.
Henderson quickly agreed with Lawrence, as is required by law. That said:
Technically, no “campaign” of any kind is going on at this point. Clinton’s book concerns her term as secretary of state, the type of subject our “journalists” find unutterably boring. For that reason, they have transferred their attention to the only two topics that interest them—personal income and “gaffes.”
Also, perceived “authenticity!” Things they can pull from their keisters!
“There really isn’t anything going on” at this stage of the “campaign?” In one sense, that’s true, of course. But in another sense, Clinton is making an announcement next week about her project, Too Small To Fail.
That project is going on right now. She isn’t being asked about it because people like Lawrence don’t give a rat’s ass about the lives of black kids.
For our first post on the subject, click this.
How hard is it for us to discern these blatantly obvious points? You’ll never hear them voiced from within the sacred cult we call “the press corps.” But how hard it is to see the truth about the way this obscenely wealthy sacred cult actually works?
The next step is to wonder why your favorite liberal commentators never tell you this. Tomorrow, we’ll show you what happened when Chris Hayes discussed the Clinton book tour with yet another script-reciting Yale graduate.
These people all follow the rules of the cult. How long will it take us to see this? To insist that our heroes say this?