The networks continue their fascination with the crude Trump tape story. After four news cycles, from Friday night through Tuesday morning, the Big Three networks have aired 198 minutes and 13 seconds of coverage on Trump telling NBC’s Billy Bush in 2005 that you can grab women in the crotch and get away with it if you’re s a star. By contrast, the networks have only managed 13 minutes and nine seconds of air time on the Wikileaks information dump on Hillary Clinton. That’s an imbalance of interest of 15 to 1.
On Monday's Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN, during a discussion of reaction to the tape of Donald Trump speaking lewdly about women with Billy Bush, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye at one point went berzerk and started shouting when conservative CNN political commentator and Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany confronted her with reports of Hillary Clinton's attacks on women who made sexual assault accusations against her husband, Bill Clinton.
Paul Krugman went there in his hackish Monday New York Times column, “Predators in Arms,” arguing that Republican politicians tend to be sexual abusers. The text box: “Is there a partisan pattern here?” Krugman apparently has never heard of Bill Clinton accuser Juanita Broaddrick, or the infamous exploits of “Chappaquiddick” Sen. Ted Kennedy, or Rep. Mel Reynolds, or Rep. Garry Studds. And reporter Maggie Haberman had this weird description of Juanita Broaddrick, who accuses Bill Clinton of rape: "At other times, Mr. Trump retreated to Twitter, where he retweeted posts from an account that says it belongs to a woman who had long ago accused Bill Clinton of rape.”
The second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday night was widely seen as a decent performance by Donald Trump, but the New York Times frantically spun away from Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton for enabling her husband’s treatment of women. The NYT's Haberman dismissed a press conference of women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assaults: “If anyone was wondering how ugly tonight is going to get, Trump just answered it." The Times' fact-checking also found Trump's debate claims false by a staggering 13:1 ratio.
After a presidential primary in which the major broadcast networks assigned more than a lion’s share of coverage to Donald Trump overtopping his opponents, the lack of self-awareness following Sunday’s presidential debate was palpable as two network veterans bemoaned “how have we come to this” with so much “venom” between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Viewers of Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC could witness the recurring elephant in the room with regard to the Clintons that journalists repeatedly try to tamp down, in the form of Hillary Clinton's reported history of threatening and trying to discredit women who have made sexual assault accusations against her husband.
Liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus tried to minimize the issue to Hillary Clinton being the victim of her husband simply committing adultery, while host Chuck Todd, when forced to confront the issue by guest Rudy Giuliani, actually rushed to Hillary's defense and claimed that "those allegations have not been true."
WASHINGTON — Through the years, one of my favorite sallies against the Clintons has been referring to Hillary Clinton as "Bruno." At times, readers have asked, "Why do you call her Bruno?" It is because there has always been an atmosphere of thuggishness about her. Another way of putting it is, time and again, she acts as though the rule of law does not pertain to her -- for instance, on the matter of the many women who have willingly or unwillingly been pulled into her husband's lubricious ambit.
The New York Times played preemptive defense for Hillary Clinton as Trump telegraphed a possible hit on Bill Clinton’s dark sexual past, with the Times dismissing claims of sexual assaults by Bill Clinton as "disputed" and trying hard to turn the tables on Trump and his past infidelities:"...he also contended that infidelity was 'never a problem' during his three marriages, though his first ended in an ugly divorce after Mr. Trump began a relationship with the woman who became his second wife."
On Saturday's New Day on CNN, during discussions of the possibility that Donald Trump will make an issue of Hillary Clinton's treatment of women who were involved with her husband Bill Clinton, CNN political commentator Errol Louis ignored the existence of several sexual assault accusations made against Bill Clinton which could be brought up as the CNN commentator portrayed Hillary Clinton's behavior as if it were simply going after women who had consensual affairs with her husband.
In a narrow sense, the item discussed here really shouldn't be newsworthy, because it's based on history which has for all practical purposes long been settled. But now that it's being treated as news, let's look into the can of worms at least two media outlets have chosen to open, perhaps without fully grasping the consequences of their doing so.
Leada Gore, an AL.com reporter who says she's "been covering Alabama news for more than 20 years," reported Tuesday morning that Ed Henry, an Alabama lawmaker who is also the state's Donald Trump for President co-chair, tweeted a sharp response to accusations of sexism directed at Trump by Hillary Clinton in Monday night's debate, specifically: "It is ironic that Lying Hillary blast (sic) Trump as a sexist when she is married to Bill, who is likely a rapist." We're supposed to believe that this tweet is controversial or over the top. It is, of course, no such thing.
“It's important to say right up front that this isn't a story about pedophile priests,” began the NPR reporter on Wednesday night....in a story with the online headline “Catholic Church Groups Fight Bills To Revive Old Sex Abuse Cases.”
Some legislators want to put in a "grace period" for new sex-abuse lawsuits outside the statute of limitations. The people who call their show All Things Considered didn’t consider this: Can we open the statute of limitations on rape allegations for Juanita Broaddrick to sue Bill Clinton? Would that seem fair?
Washington Free Beacon staff writer and former CNS News staff writer Elizabeth Harrington revealed late Tuesday afternoon that NBC News has stealth edited a May 19 video of Clinton campaign correspondent Andrea Mitchell on Today denouncing Juanita Broaddrick’s sexual allegations against Bill Clinton as “a discredited and long-denied accusation” to simply saying merely a “long-denied accusation.”