Friday, September 9, 2016

Morning Joe and the Washington Post Editorial Board Turn on Donald Trump. Who's Next?

If this clip is any indication, the situation is reaching a breaking point...and it was NBC's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" that did it.

The Washington Post editorial board has also had enough, proclaiming "The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control":
Judging by the amount of time NBC’s Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday’s national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. It is not. There are a thousand other substantive issues — from China’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea to National Security Agency intelligence-gathering to military spending — that would have revealed more about what the candidates know and how they would govern. Instead, these did not even get mentioned in the first of 5½ precious prime-time hours the two candidates will share before Election Day, while emails took up a third of Ms. Clinton’s time.

Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of . . . a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.
Yes, oddly enough the tide seems to be turning thanks to Matt Lauer's awful performance.

Paul Krugman has noticed too:
The good news, I think, is that we may have reached some sort of turning point. Matt Lauer may have done us all a favor with his catastrophically bad performance. By devoting so much time to emails and rushing through Clinton on ISIS, on one side, while letting Trump’s Iraq lie slide by unchallenged, on the other, Lauer offered a demonstration of the prevailing double standard so graphic that it was hard to ignore. But it wasn’t just Lauer: I think the accumulation of really bad examples, of failing to cover the Bondi bribe, of making an unsuccessful request for passports — to rescue imprisoned journalists! — a supposed scandal, even some of the botched initial reaction to the Lauer debacle, may have finally reached a critical mass.

So maybe, just maybe, this is a turning point. I’m not saying that Clinton will or should be exempt from criticism. All she and the country need is journalism that describes things as they really are, that doesn’t pretend that her human fallibility is as bad or worse than Trump’s record of terrible behavior and promise of more.
Have we seen the last big gasp of bogus Clinton "scandals" dominating the headlines in favor of a more critical look at Donald Trump as we approach the end of the road? It's starting to look that way...and for our country's sake, let's hope it lasts.

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  1. he was so sexist, he kept hissing when she was answering.

    But the useful part was that he said the 'drone' word, and now somebody may cover her response and explain why that was such weird thing for Comey say indirectly and without using the word drone.

    Ezra? Chris Hayes? wonk opportunity here

  2. also there was speculation about whether Donald would bring up emails and detract from the importance of the subject, and he did too, but they all thought it would diminish Donald and make him show as trivial, and then turns out it was Matt who brought 'em up.