Now that there are two indictments and one guilty plea, I have my television running on full speed and periodically pass by to pick up news updates.
I caught a couple minutes of today's White House press conference, and that was more than enough, two minutes far exceeding my normal limit. It becomes too galling to watch more. My teeth begin to gnash and fingers curl, and that's when I know it's time to turn the set off. I look forward to the day when one can yell back at the TV and the person can hear you.
No, contrary to what the Press Secretary tries to suggest, it is NOT "common practice" to have meetings with government agents of your foreign enemy in order to get dirt on your campaign opponent. In fact, aspects of doing that are even illegal.
And no, contrary to what the Press Secretary tries to suggest, it is NOT problematic to legally hire an outside firm and legally pay them to do opposition research. And doing so is not "worse" than meeting with the agents of a foreign government, parts of which are actually illegal.
And no, the Press Secretary is lying, because the Trump Dossier is not "fake" since much of the information it discovered has now already been confirmed.
Although I can't shout back through my TV set, it is my fond hope that one day the reporters in the White House briefing room will say some of these things, and not just let the Press Secretary's words sit on the record before moving on to the next questions. It's deeply unfortunately that she is not held accountable enough for lying to the American public as the Trump administration's spokesperson.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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