Watching cable, who knew? In this morning's Washington Post, Barrett and Helderman report on yesterday's court hearing in the Michael Cohen case.
The hearing was endlessly discussed on cable, especially with respect to Donald J. Trump's phone call to Fox & Friends, which was widely described as disastrous. After watching partisan cable all day and all night, we were struck by the highlighted assessment, right at the very start of the Post's report:
BARRETT AND HELDERMAN (4/27/18): A federal judge on Thursday appointed a special master to review material seized from the office and residences of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, acceding to his request that an independent party review the material before federal prosecutors can access it.Say what? The decision was "a win for Cohen?" Watching cable, who knew?
The decision, a win for Cohen, came after prosecutors quickly pounced on comments Trump made Thursday morning that the lawyer performed little legal work for him, to undercut Cohen’s argument that much of the material was protected by attorney-client privilege.
Please understand! We're not saying the decision was a win for Cohen. That's a matter of judgment, though we think the judgment in that report is fairly sound.
We're saying something different. After watching the bullshit on partisan cable all day and all night, who would have dreamed that a sensible person could even imagine such an assessment?
The propaganda was thick yesterday; the bungled logic was vast. We saw one analyst puncture the bubble, but she didn't want to fight the power, so she chose to understate her accurate and logical presentation.
Needless to say, Rachel's embellishment was the most obvious and the most glaring. We'll report on this bullshit tomorrow, but our journalistic pseudo-culture is truly deader than dead.
Breaking, Special Master edition: In fairness, some journalists may have assumed that the appointment of a "special master" was a win for Stormy Daniels and her telecrazed lawyer, Barrister Bluster. The reason:
Three of her most popular films feature a character who's called "The Special Master." That includes "Special Master Does Marin," her enduring west-coast classic.