THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2022
Garland pours it on: “They even broke into my safe!” a disappointed Donald J. Trump wrote.
The former president was describing the strong-arm tactics of the FBI in Monday's search of Mar-a-Lago (Middle Frisian, Damaged/marred/fouled lagoon), his sumptuous Florida home.
The entry into the former president's safe had been especially shocking.
Most typically, law enforcement agents conducting a search will randomly look around inside the subject's home.
But who would stoop so low as to look inside a subject's locked safe while conducting a search for contraband? At this point, the FBI, a runaway agency, won't even decline to do that!
Today, we spent some time watching the Fox News Channel as we awaited Merrick Garland's statement. We were somewhat puzzled by the nighttime footage of Mar-a-Lago the channel insisted on running.
Most reporting on this event says the FBI began its search on Monday at 9 A.M. In this report, CBS News seems to say that the search began at a more leisurely 10 A.M.
Today, on Fox, Martha McCallum said the "raid" had begun "in the predawn hours." Producers kept playing the videotape which seemed to support her statement, which could imaginably even be right.
After Garland made his brief statement, McCallum brought the ludicrous Joe Concha on. He said we should all have our heads examined if we believe a single world the attorney general said.
On MSNBC, Garland was praised for noting the fact that at least one of Trump's lawyers was present during the search. Garland had thereby undermined any possible claim that evidence could have been planted.
In that same CBS report, the network quoted one of the lawyers saying that, while she'd been present, she hadn't been allowed to watch the actual search. We don't know what actually happened and quite likely we never will.
In the unlikely event that we find out, we can feel fairly sure that no one else ever will. Each tribe will hear its own news reports. As with Florida's weather, so too here:
If you don't like the facts you're hearing, you can simply wait a while. Or you can change the channel!
At any rate, they even looked inside Donald Trump's safe! On Fox, the moral to the story is clear:
If they can do that to Donald J. Trump, they can even do it to you!
The remaining question: How many sales receipts from Vladimir Putin are included in the papers the FBI hauled away?