Who decides what is a scandal and what is not?


“The Trump scandals are never over,” wrote David A. Graham for Atlantic Last weekend.

Well, he should know.

Like most progressive media, i.e., he likes to claim that “Trump scandals” are the sole property of the former president (hence the possessive) and are more or less accidentally fell on the media in the public mind before being relayed in good and due form. faith in the rest of us to pass judgment on them.

That such scandals are the daily bread of the modern media is assumed to be merely coincidence. It’s just their luck that there are so many – in fact, according to Graham, an inexhaustible supply.

These people can only avoid ridicule by counting on you and me to forget the glaring truth that it is the media itself that has the privilege of deciding what is scandal and what is not. .

It is a great help in ensuring that the well of scandal never dries up.

So the media and their Democratic allies made a huge scandal – a supposedly impenetrable offense – out of Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president seeking information on the possible corruption of former Vice President Joe Biden. while making no scandal at all about corruption itself.

Indeed, when Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop was discovered shortly before the 2020 election, everyone was on the media deck, including 51 government “intelligence experts” to remove it.

The true owners of today’s scandals, like those of the Trump era, are those in the Democratic media axis who fabricate them – often, as in the case of Trump’s Ukraine phone call or the fake Steele folder – from the least promising materials. .

And what do you think is the purpose of the media’s burgeoning scandal factory? The answer to this too is obvious. It is to advance the electoral fortunes of their progressive colleagues in government and ruin those of any non-progressive cabal with the temerity to stand in their way.

But the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach should tell us something else – not only is that progressive media working hand in hand with subversive elements of the state depth, which we already knew from the Russiagate hoax, but also that these sworn enemies of Trump are ready to do anything to bring about his downfall.

Even, as I pointed out in these pages last week, to the point of destroying the reputation of the FBI and the United States as a democratic republic governed by the rule of law, it is clear that the law has been weaponized to be used against the former president.

Any excuse to harass him will do for the media. This time it is said to be mishandling of classified information. Elsewhere, a brigade of lawyers are poring over his tax returns to see if they can find anything the to use against him.

Did anyone else think of this when Biden reassured us, middle-class nothings, that 87,000 new IRS agents weren’t going to be used against we? Sure. As long as we never do anything to displease him – or one of the 87,000 new monitors employed to watch over us.

The anti-Trump jihad that originated in a collaboration between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Obama Justice Department in 2016 is now being taken over by the Biden administration, for whom it has apparently become more important than its own reputation. of probity or that of the United States as a country of law which has made it a refuge for the victims of authoritarian regimes in the less enlightened countries of the world.

Now we have to appear to these oppressed people as living under an authoritarian regime ourselves – one of the Russian kind that jails critics and opponents of the ruling party. Or worse.

Given, then, that the obsessive hatred of Donald Trump still burns in the chests of his political enemies – like Mrs. Clinton, they don’t care to call them mere ‘opponents’ – why is the media so eagerly involved? to the detriment of their interests? own reputation for fairness and decency?

I don’t know, but a possible explanation comes to mind. From the moment he stepped off the Trump Tower escalator in 2015, Trump has posed an existential threat to both the media and the Deep State with which, as we know from Russiagate, the media s agree regularly to advance their common political goals. .

It’s not just because of what turned out to be little more than “draining the swamp” rhetoric, but because the Trump phenomenon has always been a threat to the most powerful weapon in the world. media against their political enemies: the power to declare a scandal.

Do you remember back in 2016, when Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose a voter”? He was much ridiculed for it at the time, but the media was and still is afraid that he was right. Here, finally, is an enemy Republican who seemed indifferent to the endless media scandal.

The impression was only reinforced when he won the legislative elections in November despite other scandals which the media, as if with one voice, had tried to tap into.

And with each new scandal, and each failed attempt to bring it down, the media has since become more like Captain Ahab in search of the white whale – obsessed with their need for revenge against the monster that once robbed them of a vital part of their life. Powerful.

For without the power to declare a scandal whenever it is necessary to bring down an arrogant Republican who could not be defeated for substantial reasons, the media would be an exhausted force in American politics.

They might even have to go back to reporting and publishing about the tedious business of politicians’ political choices and philosophy of government, and abandon the much sexier kind of stories about their character and personal behavior.

The horror! The horror!

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Epoch Times.


James Bowman is a resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Author of “Honor: A History”, he is a film critic for The American Spectator and a media critic for The New Criterion.

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