Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pre-Lauer, Post-Lauer

By Baxter

We cats seem to remember that Hillary Clinton gave a full speech in Reno, Nevada, some weeks back about the alt-right and how the Trump campaign has brought a bunch of haters into the Republican mainstream. So we're not really surprised at her "basket of deplorables" comment that the Trumpsters are trying to make such hay over.

Just to be clear, in the same remarks, Secretary Clinton also said this:

"But the other basket... are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures — they're just desperate for change. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well."

You know, we've felt for years that if people would just set aside the decades of demonizing that the GOP and the right wing have inflicted on Hillary Clinton and just listen to what she has to say — like the full text of her "baskets" remarks — these so-called high-negative ratings that she allegedly has would cease. Of course, that means that the media will have to stop buying into lazy narratives, cover stories like the Colin Powell email exonerating Clinton on her private server, and hold Donald Trump to account for his inadequate knowledge and zillions of lies.

Will it happen? We are hopeful. This week's Matt Lauer fiasco has put extra pressure, we think, on the Presidential debate moderators to do their jobs — whatever Chris Wallace says his is or isn't — as well as on the mainstream media. The Washington Post and The New York Times — both opinion drivers — have declared that, in light of Lauer letting Trump skate while he grilled Clinton, enough was enough.

"Mrs. Clinton answered the questions of the moderator, Matt Lauer, in coherent sentences, often with specific details," said the Times. "Mr. Trump alternated between rambling statements and grandiose boasts when he wasn't lying."

"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," the Post stated. "There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office."

(So, okay — the flip side is the idea that everyone is supposed to hate the media and if they go after Trump on his idiocies, that will actually help him. But when have various media crusades against the Clintons ever redounded to their benefit? We think, never.)

In the past, it would have taken days or a week for Clinton's full "baskets" remarks to surface as a correction to Trump. Now, it's taken just a few hours. Call us somewhat optimistic. We cats PURR.

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