Monday, March 20, 2017
Corruption Between Political Operatives And The Media Stinks To High Heaven.
How come presidential candidates and paid TV news experts
who hold sway over millions of people aren't held to the same
code of honor as cadets at U.S. military academies? At least!
That code goes something like this: "A cadet will not lie,
cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." If a cadet gets the
questions before a test, he or she faces expulsion.
But if a presidential candidate gets the questions before a
debate, she'll win. Hillary Clinton hasn't even bothered, so
far, to address the issue that debate questions were apparently
leaked to her campaign by Donna Brazile, former CNN analyst
and interim head of the Democratic National Committee.
As one of the two least-trusted presidential candidates in
history, along with Donald Trump, Clinton owes the
American people an explanation. Now.
From another perspective, Brazile's leak to the Clinton camp
rightfully also highlights the horrifying breach of journalistic
ethics a news organization ensures by hiring a person who is
on staff to candidates or parties in the first place.
For starters, serial question-passer Brazile worked for both
ABC and CNN while she was vice chair at the DNC, which
seemed to present no conflict at all for the networks. Then
she even continued as an unpaid contributor to CNN after
taking the interim chair job! And we journalists wonder
why people don't trust news organizations anymore?
Yet despite it all, TV anchors still stop short of calling
Brazile a lousy cheat. Sharks don't eat their young, I guess.
Instead they preface stories with "she's a good person
and a nice person" (Jake Tapper), "I like her, I know
her" (Tucker Calson), "She's a lovely person" (Megyn
Kelly), "I kinda feel sorry for Donna in a way, I don't
think she's a bad woman" (Bill O'Reilly). Why feel
sorry for a snake? Why give a cheat any quarter at all?
Anyone who gives a candidate questions that she got
in an unethical way to begin with, isn't lovely, good
or nice. If true, and it certainly appears that way, she's
a cheat who deprived the entire American public of
fair and honest discourse.
Brazile, who denies she did anything wrong, appears
to be nothing short of a lousy cheat, and should have
been let go the second she took the reins of the DNC.
By keeping her on, CNN head Jeff Zucker and company
put a big nail in the coffin of journalism.
On Tuesday, Zucker finally told staffers Brazile's actions
were "unethical" and "disgusting." Really? So have
CNN's been for way too long.
I mean, seriously: How does a supposedly legit news
organization like CNN justify hiring all those "experts"
such as ex-Trumper Corey Lewandowski, while he was
receiving "severance" payments of a reported half a
million dollars from the Trump campaign? What about
the $20,000 Lewandowski received in August from them,
which was listed as "strategy consulting?"
Inexplicably, CNN even kept inviting former Trump
advisor/PAC launcher Roger Stone, who had a history
of tweeting out racist rants like "Who is this stupid negro
Roland Martin? Buffoon or token Buffoon ? #CNN," “@rolandsmartin
Who made you God, Fattass? Eat somemore Popeye's,"
and of Anna Navarro, "Black beans and rice didn't miss
her." It took them until February of this year to announce
they were forever disinviting Stone to the table. Way too
little, way too late.
These were all serious conflicts of interest and serious
breaches of journalistic ethics.
What makes it all murkier and filthier is that Brazile was
outed as a cheat from hacked emails stolen by the Russians.
It's like a horrible Kafka novel and we've all been turned into
giant insects without a chance of escape.
Yesterday Brazile tweeted, "Please God, let this end soon."
Amen to that.