We wonder why nobody else did: Yesterday, FBI nominee Christopher Wray appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It was his confirmation hearing. At one point, Lindsey Graham asked him about last summer's performance by Comey the God.
We think Wray's comments are worth recording. Here's how the colloquy started:
GRAHAM (7/12/17): Comey. Did you see the press conference he gave about the Hillary Clinton investigation in July of last year?Please note. Graham was talking about Comey the God-in-July. He wasn't discussing Comey's subsequent pair of interjections, very late in the fall campaign.
WRAY: Not live, but yes.
GRAHAM: Would you have done that?
Last July 5, Comey delivered a scathing lecture in which he assailed the conduct of Candidate Clinton. Graham asked Wray if he would have done that.
At first, it almost seemed that Wray was trying to escape the question. But Graham pushed him back on topic, and got the following answer:
WRAY (continuing directly): Well, Senator, there is an inspector general investigation into Director Comey's conduct, so—You can watch that exchange on this tape, at the 1:50 mark.
GRAHAM: I'm not talking about the investigation. I'm asking about you. Would you have done that?
WRAY: I can tell you that, in my experience as a prosecutor and as head of the Criminal Division, I understand there to be department policies that govern public comments about uncharged individuals. And I think those policies are there for a reason. And I would follow those policies.
GRAHAM: OK. He talked about somebody that was never charged in a disparaging fashion. Do you agree with that?
WRAY: That's the way I understood his comments.
GRAHAM: Do you also agree that he took over the prosecutor's job by saying, "There's no case here?"
WRAY: Well, Senator, again, there's an inspector general investigation into his conduct—
GRAHAM: Look, you would not have done either one of those is what you're telling this committee. At least I hope that's what you're telling this committee.
WRAY: I can't imagine a situation where, as FBI director, I would be giving a press conference on an uncharged individual, much less talk in detail about it.
GRAHAM: Fair enough. Thank you.
Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow! Prodded several times by Graham, Wray criticized last July's behavior by Comey the God.
According to Graham, Comey had "talked about somebody that was never charged in a disparaging fashion." Wray said there are Justice Department policies forbidding such conduct, and he said they exist for a reason.
Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow! "I can't imagine a situation where as FBI director I would be giving a press conference on an uncharged individual, much less talk in detail about it," Wray said.
As he did, he threw an official establishment god directly under the bus.
It took some prodding, but Wray directly challenged last July's conduct by Comey. Today, you should ask yourself this question:
How come no one else did?
Last July, in real time, why did you see Steve Kornacki aggressively adopting Comey's anti-Clinton line on two successive nights while serving as guest host on the Maddow Show?
Even more significantly:
Maddow returned from her richly-deserved vacation on Monday, July 12 of last year. She never mentioned Comey's name until very late in October! Why didn't our own favorite fiery liberal god challenge this other god's conduct?
We think you should ask those questions for a reason. Again and again and again and again, you've been abandoned, left for dead, by the self-serving boys and girls who pose as the progressive stars of corporate "cable news."
All too often, these people seem to be playing the game in service to themselves. Again and again and again and again, they desert you at moments of truth.
It can be hard to notice the various things our TV stars don't do. All last summer, deep into the fall, Maddow didn't challenge what Comey had done, just as she didn't challenge the Benghazi-related attacks on Susan Rice four years before.
Back in 2012, the invention of Benghazi got a total pass from Maddow. Four years later, Comey got the same pass.
In truth, Maddow completely avoided the email topic all through last year's campaign. She made zero attempt to clarify, challenge, debunk, explain. She ducked Benghazi and "emailgate." In fairness, she did entertain us.
Were you being played by Maddow the God? How many times will this major star run off and hide in the woods before liberals start to catch on?
One more point: In press corps novelizations, Comey now stands in opposition to Trump. For this reason, he is being re-established as an establishment god of unassailable moral authority.
In reality, James B. Comey isn't an unassailable moral god. The story here just isn't that simple, except when the group novels start.
Much of our "news" involves novelization. The public interest is poorly served by these childish games.