THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021
CNN seems to make a mistake: In fairness, everybody makes mistakes, if that's what we're discussing here.
Mistakes are going to happen! That said, we turned on CNN during the 11 A.M. Eastern hour. Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed—and the CNN chyron said this:
PELOSI: NOT TRYING TRUMP FOR INSURRECTION INCITEMENT WOULD AMOUNT TO "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" CARD FOR SITTING DUCK PRESIDENTS
That's what the chyron said!
We don't know what Pelosi had said—the interview was almost over. But we assume the chyron meant to refer to Donald J. Trump (remember him?) as a recent lame duck president.
In the subsequent discussion, pundits debated when Pelosi would send the recent impeachment of Trump over to the Senate. When she does, we Dems will begin conducting our trial of The Inka Who's No Longer There.
Most likely, the Inka will end up being acquitted, creating a bad talking-point. That outcome seems especially likely because of our team's second plan—our plan to let fifty Democratic senators rule that the other party's most popular pol won't be allowed to run for the White House next time.
National unity, here we come! That will make perfect sense to the others!
Was it a bad idea to impeach Trump again? Not necessarily, no. Once you let a crackpot like Trump get into the White House, there may be no sane way out.
That said, how did Trump ever get to the White House in the first place? Some members of the pundit guild are beginning to try to puzzle that question out.
Karen Attiah takes a shot in today's Washington Post. Her headline is promising but, in our view, it's all downhill from there:
The media had a role to play in the rise of Trump. It’s time to hold ourselves accountable.
The mainstream press corps' role in the rise of Trump goes back a great many years. That said, Attiah's reasoning strikes us as several steps past hopeless, with a few "links to nowhere" thrown in.
In fairness, this guild has never been amazingly sharp. Also, they now have several favorite new toys, around which they shape all pronouncements.
People in the other towns believe the craziest things. Over here, in the streets of Our Town, we're victims to prevailing mandated scripts concerning gender and race.
In many instances, these scripts are the only tools or toys our upper-end pundits possess. At long last, we expect to begin discussing this daunting topic at the start of next week.
First, let's put all future "sitting ducks" on notice! That's what the CNN chyron said. In fairness, we all make mistakes.