Everyone—almost literally everyone— involved in the Jeff Sessions flap has beclowned themselves and revealed that a gerbil running around in a wheel is powering their ethics alarms.
These include such previously noted Ethics Dunces as..
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who couldn’t or wouldn’t answer a simple question clearly….
- Democrats, who continue to act like spoiled siblings trying anything to make mommie get mad at the one she likes best, embracing conspiracy theories, smearing former colleagues, and generally morphing into walking, talking rectums before America’s eyes, to appeal to their deplorable hard core base made up of people who completed that mutation long ago…
- Senator Chuck Schumer, displaying a partisan double standard so blindingly, throbbingly obvious than anyone can identify it….
- Senator Claire McCaskill, engaging in perhaps the best timed hypocrisy and inexplicable amnesia of all time….
- Deranged Trump-haters, determined to expose their legal ignorance to the world, who proclaimed Sessions guilty of perjury, when he obviously was not…
- Every reporter, editor and news source who rushed into the trap of declaring that having contact with the Russian ambassador justifies being “linked’ to Russia, when any dolt should have known that by that formula, anyone in Washington could be “linked” to Russia or be accused of having “Russian ties.”
Now we have…
- The New York Times, which credulously cited McCaskill’s tweeted statement that she nevereverevernever met with the Russian ambassador, nope, never, not her, uh-uh, only to be proven a liar, an amnesiac or an idiot almost immediately by earlier tweets where she announced that she was going to meet with him, used McCaskill’s denial of the meetings in its initial attack on Sessions, and when it was proven false, quietly deleted it without notice or explanation. Quoth Sean Davis on Twitter,
NYT repeated as truth Claire McCaskill’s lie that she never met or spoke to Russia’s ambassador, then stealth deleted it w/o any note.
Now, if I called that “fake news,” the mainstream media bias enablers would say that I am distorting the term, that it is “just a mistake.” But ethical, unbiased news sources issue corrections to mistakes. When they try to cover them up, it creates a rebuttal presumption of partisan bias. The public needs to know that 1) a Democratic Senator and previous Hillary surrogate piled on Sessions using false information; 2) the Times repeated it as truth, and 3) her statement was false.
The Times shows its bias and the decline of the industry’s professionalism when it behaves like this, placing the value of preserving a partisan narrative over informing the public.
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided, apparently, to show solidarity with McCaskill by behaving just as foolishly. Pelosi said that she also had never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. “Not with this Russian ambassador, no,” Pelosi told POLITICO when asked whether she had ever met with the Russian envoy.
Gotcha! A file photo from Pelosi’s 2010 meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev shows Kislyak sitting at the table across from Pelosi. A spokesman for Pelosi humminahumminaed that she simply meant she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak…you know, just like Jeff Sessions says that he thought the question was about meetings he has with the ambassador as a member of the Trump campaign, rather than as a U.S. Senator.
This is the exact same excuse. Exactly.
- News media sources that presume anything uttered by the President or his staff must be lies, and thus fact-check them immediately. Democrats, however, are presumptively truthful. Thus it was mostly conservative media sources that fact-checked McCaskill and Pelosi. This is called “a smoking double-standard.”
- ABC, CBS and NBC , in less than two days, devoted nearly seven times as much coverage to the implications of Sessions meeting with the Russian Ambassador in his role as a U.S. Senator than they devoted to Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012, when Holder became the first Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress. He was accused of withholding documents from the House investigation into the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious scandal, a matter far more substantive than Sessions’ misleading response regarding his meetings with Kislyak.
Of course, the news media saw its mission as protecting Obama administration officials, while its assignment from the “resistance” is to undermine this administration.
Is that a fair statement? Based on the media’s conduct beginning with the evening of November 8, 2016, yes. It is.
- Pete Alexander, on the NBC Nightly News, strongly implied that Sessions had committed perjury, saying,
“While the White House is defending Sessions, his testimony under oath remains under scrutiny with critics pointing to this 1999 interview where then Senator Sessions called perjury claims against President Bill Clinton serious allegations.”
I hate to say it, but a broadcast journalist this biased and ignorant needs to be let go so he can find a job in a bait shop somewhere. You could never prove perjury based on Session’s words and their context. In contrast, the perjury claims against President Bill Clinton were not only serious allegations, they were legally and factually accurate: he denied what he knew to be true, in order to deceive, under oath, in a court of law. This got him disbarred, Pete, you biased hack. What Sessions said wouldn’t get him a reprimand or a wagged finger from any bar in the nation.
- President Trump joined the Ethics Dunce parade—usually he leads it—by trolling Senator Schumer with this tweet:
Now, as it happens, Schumer is a hypocrite, but that old photo doesn’t prove it. Presidents shouldn’t call for investigations unless they mean it. Here we go: it’s petty, it’s stupid, it’s presidential, it just stirs the pot and makes the crazies crazier.
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, but boy, we’re going to get sick of this.