Part 1—It happens every four years: Every four years, they renew their pretending.
Yesterday, the pretending featured Martha Raddatz. She was filling in for George Stephanopoulos as host of This Week, a high-profile, Sunday morning production of ABC “News.”
Where was the pretending most obvious during yesterday’s broadcast? For our money, Raddatz’s performance was stiking at various junctures. But the pretending lacked any disguise when she strolled the Iowa State Fair with a well-known presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump.
It was an Iowa three-step:
Raddatz pretended to ask Trump a question; Trump pretended to answer. Raddatz pretended that she didn’t notice this failure by Candidate Trump.
The sequence had been videotaped as Raddatz and Trump strolled the fair. The official transcript looks like this. Below, we’ll provide explication:
RADDATZ (8/16/15): Let me ask you a serious foreign policy question. What would you do about ISIS using chemical weapons?To see the full transcript, click here.
TRUMP: I think it’s disgraceful that they’re allowed and you can’t allow it to happen and you have to go in and just wipe the hell out of them
RADDATZ: What do you do? Do you go in with ground troops?
TRUMP: What did you say? Say that again.
RADDATZ (voiceover): What Trump wanted to talk about was Hillary.
RADDATZ: They’re saying Hillary didn’t draw this kind of crowd.
TRUMP: Not even close.
RADDATZ (voiceover): And after a few pork chops, I caught up with Trump again—to ask about another female opponent.
RADDATZ: What do you think about Carly Fiorina? You had some pretty tough words for her.
TRUMP: She’s a very nice woman. She got fired. She did a terrible job at Hewlett-Packard. She lost in a landslide. Other than that, she’s a very nice woman.
Can you see what happened there? Let us explain what you’ll see if you watch the tape of this segment.
In that sequence, Raddatz pretends to ask Trump “a serious policy question.” She asks the hopeful what he would do “about ISIS using chemical weapons.”
In response to Trump’s answer, which is vague, she asks a rather basic question:
“Do you go in with ground troops?”
At that point, Trump’s attention leaves Raddatz. When he says, “What did you say? Say that again,” he isn’t speaking to Raddatz. He is speaking to someone out of camera range who has said something to Trump.
Raddatz responds by telling Trump what the unseen person has said. “They're saying Hillary didn’t draw this kind of crowd,” she says.
At this point, Raddatz’s question about ground troops seems to slip her mind. Instead of restating her serious policy question, she lets Trump talk about Candidate Clinton—after explaining, in voiceover, that he preferred that topic.
Raddatz then says, again in voiceover, that she “caught up with Trump again” a bit later. When we see this happen, she asks him about Candidate Fiorina. In the mind of this corporate-paid pretender, the possible use of ground troops in Iraq and Syria no longer exists.
Raddatz is a TV entertainer—a corporate-paid pretender. In that striking sequence from yesterday’s show, she didn’t even bother pretending she isn’t!
She asked “a serious policy question,” but Trump “wanted to talk about” something else.
She completely acceded to his preference! Rarely is the guild’s pretending made so transparent, so clear.
The pretenders are back on the chain gang again. They’re pretending to be out on the road reporting a White House campaign.
Every four years, they stage this pretense, though rarely with so little disguise. We’ll offer examples all week.
That pretending by Raddatz and her producers was just remarkably clear.
Tomorrow: More pretenders