Ohhh, Mr. Grant...
Yesterday, I wrote a long piece about how so much of the media was focusing on trying to find problems with Hillary Clinton and, oddly, the Clinton Family Foundation, when standing right next to them is Donald freaking Trump and a treasure trove of scandals and stories going unexamined. I mentioned all this to a friend and said how it reminded me of one of my favorite lines from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
In the episode, Lou Grant’s nephew has been interning at the TV station and is an incompetent screw-up. One day, he’s out with one of the station's cameras and happens to be right nearby where a big fire has broken out. Lou is thrilled because he realized they’re going to scoop every other station in the city. When the nephew comes back with the footage, they discover that the only film they have is a close-up of a bug crawling along the sidewalk. Lou is utterly furious and asks the kid why??? The nephew answers, “I wanted to show that while a fire is raging…life goes on.” Lou looks at him a moment, holding his anger in as best he can, and then finally replies – “Did it over occur to you to show that while life is going on…right next to it THERE IS A BIG FIRE BURNING!!!!”
And that is how I feel about the media investigating the Clinton Family Foundation. And continuing to ask questions about emails, despite an FBI investigation that exonerated her. All the while right next to her THERE IS DONALD TRUMP!!!!
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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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