The Boston Globe has just published an editorial splashed on its website in the flamboyant style its previous owner, the New York Times, reserved for “important” declarations and propaganda like the “1619 Project.” “The Case For Prosecuting Donald Trump” is the latest installment of the Globe’s ongoing attack on former President Trump, which, of course, began from the moment he was elected. This screed is the current chapter, the sixth, in a project called, clumsily enough, “Future-Proofing the Presidency.” It is, even for the bottom of the barrel level of partisan and biased journalism that is now routine, nauseating. Even the timing of it is unethical—partisan, cynical, and embarrassingly obvious. Donald Trump isn’t President, and the Globe’s claim of fictional urgency regarding an exited POTUS is unprecedented.
Is this worse than the Globe’s stunt in 2016, when it published a fake front page showing what a future Trump Presidency would yield? Oh, I don’t know. I do know that a newspaper that would publish that would be capable of issuing an editorial this bad…and so it has!
The past week has exposed the irresponsible policy calculations of the Biden administration, notably with inflation arising as anyone could have predicted it would with a government that tosses away trillions like money is confetti. The President’s corrupt son has again come under examination, reminding us how the news media, including the Globe, deliberately embargoed information regarding his slimy activities that legitimately raised questions about “The Big Guy.” The illegal immigrant rush to the border, a surge that Democrats and Joe Biden invited, is a disaster. Kamala Harris, assigned the job of managing it, was anointed as a President in Waiting, and has demonstrated (again) how frighteningly unqualified she ,
The party the Globe works for has revealed itself as harboring anti-Semites within its leadership. The previous Democratic President has begun attacking white America and evoking the racist views of his “spiritual advisor” Rev. Wright, though candidate Barack Obama condemned such divisive views in order to get elected in 2008. Yet another false narrative the news media used to undermine President Trump’s re-election prospects was exposed as a lie this week, and the Democratic Party’s plans to enact a radical agenda without anything resembling a popular mandate by eliminating the Senate filibuster have crashed. Another IRS scandal under a Democratic President is emerging—and with all of this happening, and more, the Boston Globe’s priority is examining the Presidency of Donald Trump?
The editorial is deliberate misdirection, and desperately so. Its translation, as a whole, comes to this: “Never mind what’s going on now: wasn’t that last President horrible? Don’t you think we should get him?”
I haven’t read the previous editorials in the series, but as a lawyer, the headline was clickbait. What is the case for prosecuting Trump? The Globe’s editorial board doesn’t make it; they don’t even make a good faith effort. Unbelievably, the Globe’s indictment consists of three “crimes”:
“First, there are Trump’s repeated attempts to obstruct justice, as documented in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the former president’s campaign ties to Russia. As Mueller himself put it, while the investigators operated under the guidelines that a sitting president cannot be indicted — a view this editorial board disagrees with — the point of their investigation was to “preserve evidence” for prosecutors to evaluate after Trump left office.”
Oh, that oldie but goodie! A Democratic hit job on an elected President, using a politicized and corrupt intelligence community, was exposed even by a partisan investigation to be based on rumors, lies, and false reports. The President whose legitimacy was under attack along with the electoral process fulfilled his duty to protect the Constitution by openly condemning an attempted soft coup, while allowing the investigation to go forward. No obstruction occurred because the investigation was not obstructed, and the weak “evidence” presented by the Mueller Report was only a consolation prize for disappointed anti-Trump zealots so they could say, for all time, “Well, the Russian Collusion plot may not existed like we said it did, but he tried to stop us from showing he did what he didn’t do!” Many, many objective legal experts do not agree that there is any winnable case for “obstruction of justice.”
This is the #1 argument in the Globe’s “case”? Lawyer are taught to lead with their strongest points in a brief, and, amazingly, this might be it. Here’s #2:
“Second, there are Trump’s efforts to overturn the Georgia election results. Trump’s call to Georgia’s secretary of state, in which he pressured the secretary to “find” enough votes to undo his defeat, was clear election interference, which is a violation of state and federal law. That means both Georgia and federal prosecutors can — and should — investigate the matter further.”
That false version of the episode was definitively debunked in March, and by a newspaper even more allied to the Democratic Party than the Globe: The Washington Post. Ethics Alarms discussed the “Never mind!” here. The Globe editorial board should read Ethics Alarms. Or at least keep up with the news somehow. Here’s the Post:
“Correction: Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source. Trump did not tell the investigator to “find the fraud” or say she would be “a national hero” if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find “dishonesty” there. He also told her that she had “the most important job in the country right now.” A story about the recording can be found here. The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.”
This past week, ironically, there were further indications that might well have been “dishonesty” in the Fulton County ballots. But the Globe doesn’t want to report on that...
How could #3 in the Globe’s “case” possibly be weaker than #2? This is how:
“Third, there’s Trump’s infamous incitement of insurrection, which he committed on national television. It is a federal crime to incite a riot or insurrection, and though Trump was impeached over this, he was wrongfully acquitted by the Senate, leaving the courts with the responsibility to hold him accountable. Even senators who acquitted him of the incitement charge alluded to the fact that his crime should be dealt with in the criminal justice system. “If you believe he committed a crime, he can be prosecuted like any other citizen,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, a longtime Trump ally. (And depending on how the investigations go — if prosecutors have enough evidence to show that Trump gave aid and comfort to insurrectionists — there’s a chance sedition charges could be brought against him, just like the charges his supporters who stormed the Capitol are likely to face.)”
I’m really, really sick of rebutting this Big Lie; I don’t even feel like searching for the last time I did it on EA. Here’s the “I’m going to make this short because I have a terrific headache” version:
- Trump was not “wrongfully acquitted,” and not only because it is unconstitutional to impeach a private citizen.
- The House managers lied in their presentation of evidence, there was no underlying criminal act in Trump’s conduct, and his speech to the protesters was 100% protected by the First Amendment.
- We now know that the plans to swarm the Capitol were in place before Trump said a word. he didn’t “incite” anything.
- The fact that he urged a “peaceful” demonstration cannot be overcome by intellectually dishonest claims that Trump used the word “fight,” a standard bit pf political rhetoric, to mean literal physical violence.
How embarrassing for the Globe. It would have been embarrassing as a regular editorial buried in the back of the first section on a slow news day in August, but presenting such rot with fanfare and puffery is the stuff of satire, like Homer Simpson’s car:
Here are the members of the Globe Editorial Board. Their emails are included. Do let them know that they have disgraced their paper.