If the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC had done their jobs with respect to covering the Clintons all these years, I might be inclined to listen to what they now have to say about Donald Trump and those who surround him. But for years the New York/Washington media cabal studiously ignored potentially huge stories surrounding Hillary and Bill.
Let’s examine a few.
There was the Russian uranium deal. To any reasonable observer, it looked like a quid pro quo. In June 2010, former president Bill Clinton personally collected a $500,000 fee to address a Russian investment corporation in Moscow. Within weeks, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a secretive panel upon which then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat, approved a deal that gave Russia control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves.
Talk radio had the story. So did many conservative blogs and websites. But from the elite media, there was barely a peep.
Speaking of Bill and his speaking fees, when Hillary was sworn in at State, Bill’s rate for a gaseous 30-minute speech went from about $150,000 – par for the course for an ex-president – to $500,000 and up.
The media said nothing.
Then there was the all-but-impossible-to-miss cash-for-access program at the State Department. Shortly after Hillary became secretary, hundreds of millions of dollars began flowing into the Clinton Foundation from sketchy individuals and often-nefarious governments. Of the 154 people who met face-to-face or had a personal conference call with Secretary Clinton, at least 85 donated to the Clinton Foundation.
From the media: crickets.
And of course for months, the media was remarkably uncurious as to why Mrs. Clinton maintained a private email server when she was Secretary of State and then destroyed tens of thousands of emails when that fact was uncovered.
Nothing that Mrs. Clinton did – much of it shady and much of it involving the Russians – ever attracted any critical attention from the elite media.
And yet they now hyperventilate over a brief meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and a Russian lawyer. According to Trump, Jr.’s emails, the lawyer offered actionable dirt on Mrs. Clinton during the hottest weeks of the 2016 campaign. The meeting lasted roughly 10 minutes at which nothing of value was either received or given.
“Treason!,” cries Hillary running mate Tim Kaine. As if Kaine wouldn’t have knocked his own mother over to get to that meeting with the Russian lawyer if she had been offering incriminating information on Donald Trump.
So we arrive at two conclusions. First, this isn’t going to stop. The Left and the media are going to try by all available means to either force Trump from office (unlikely) or derail his agenda (more likely).
Which brings us to conclusion number two. Policy victories are now indispensible. Put wins on the board – health care and tax cuts for example – and the lefty media hysteria is rendered moot.
Mr. Trump should be walking, talking and Tweeting accordingly.