Script-driven reporting looks like this!


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?


  1. Bill Clinton had a 17.5Mil gig as an "honorary chancellor" of a for-profit institution, but there's nothing here to write about? Really? Because the state department ethics committee decreed that there was no conflict of interest? They may have their own legalistic guidelines of what to consider "conflict of interest", but the 17.5mil payout speaks for itself; it reeks of corruption. No one gets paid such money to do honest work. We, on the left, flog corporate CEO's for hauling bags of cash -- and rightfully so -- and we should scrutinize the Clintons for doing the same. Yes, they come as a pair.

    By now everyone should know that for-profit educations institutions are some of the most corrupt businesses that exist today.

    1. We, on the left, care a lot more about the conflicts of interest that led us to the second Iraq war. 17.5 million is peanuts compared to what Dick "Map of the Iraq Oil Fields on the Table" Cheney was conflicting with.

    2. Not to overstate the obvious, but not every discussion about public corruption boils down to: but Dick Cheney did worse. He did. And it's completely besides the point here.

    3. If your point is that because Bill Clinton was paid $17.5 million as a chancellor of a university, Hillary Clinton is corrupt, then to underscore the obvious, you got nothing.

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    5. I want to overstate this obvious point: big numbers mean very little without numerical context.

      If someone goes around saying Senator X is getting away with ONE M!LLION DOLLARS!!1! of pork, but fail to state that the yearly budget of the US Government is 3.8 trillion dollars, then they are wasting your time.

      And, for the record, I was tweaking you about the "we, on the left," remark.

    6. The question here is not so much of outright bribery, rather of whether this is newsworthy at all. And, apparently, that decision should be outsourced to the state department ethics committee.
      We're not talking about pork here. We are talking about padding one's own bank account.

    7. You're only talking about one side's bank accounts. Could you compare that big number that gives you the vapors to the amounts "earned" by the other contenders?

  2. The Supreme Court says you have to show the contract spelling out exactly what the donatee gets in return for donation (along with a photo of the cash exchanging hands or a copy of the check with "for services to be rendered" in the memo field).
    Without that, there is no corruption.

    1. Dave the Guitar PlayerSeptember 9, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      I am compelled to point out that the Supreme Court did not and does not write the laws regarding what is or is not corruption. Congress has failed to write adequate legislation and we (the voters) have not pressed them to fix this. Why haven't voters (not just you, lots of them) risen up to object to the Citizen's United scam? Unfortunately, we are getting the government we deserve.

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