Yesterday evening, BuzzFeed and CNN, but especially BuzzFeed, went live with a scad of “unverified and possibly unverifiable” documents claiming to be from Russia, damning Trump, and containing material that could have been right out of Penthouse or Hustler.
Turns out the fedgov (FBI? CIA?) and the media (?) have had these documents for at least year without being able to verify them. Or without being interested enough to try. But now their goriest details are “news.” Even though Internet tricksters claim they made up the grossest stuff for the LULZ. Or as “fan fiction.” (H/T M for the links)
Well, no doubt the alleged tricksters are getting LULZ out of this — but at whose expense it’s hard to say. “Journalism” sure has come a long way from the days when cigar-smoking male reporters covered up the peccadillos of cigar-smoking male presidents with a collegial wink-wink-nod-nod. All members of the same philandering old boys’ club, dontcha know. And damn good thing we’re no longer in that benighted state. But holy cra*p, we’ve also come a long– looooooooong! — way down since Watergate or even the Lewinsky “meaning of ‘is'” scandal.
You know I have no warm, fuzzy spot in my heart for The Donald. His biggest virtue is that he’s NOT HILLARY. But these lower-than-National-Enquirer “journalists” determined to sling the lowest-quality mud at the pres-to-be … they’re probably accomplishing nothing except to make themselves look more fringe-y while drawing the sympathy of millions of “middle” Americans more and more toward Trump.
A pox on all their houses.