Michael Isikoff and others at Yahoo News have put together a half-hour "mini-documentary" about today, a year ago. It's called, 64 hours in October: How one weekend blew up the rules of American politics."
What was so big about last October 7? It was the day that Hurricane Matthew hit, the biggest hurricane in the past decade to hit Florid. Except that that was only the lead story for a few hours. That's because only a short while later --
The U.S. government released a report that Russia was in the midst of a cyberattack to influence the president election. But that was only the lead story for a single hour. Because that's when --
The Access Hollywood tape was released with president candidate Donald Trump caught on tape talking about how he sexually abused women. And that took over the news and became the leading story on the news cycle. But only for half an hour. Because just 30 minutes later --
WikiLeaks released the emails that Russia had hacked from the account of John Podesta, the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton.
In the documentary, the Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson talks about how he was later asked why the government never released information about the Russia cyberattacks. He says, "We did," but adds that it got lost in all the other news. He says they expected it to be banner headlines and lead the news for several days -- but it not only wasn't the headline, it didn't even make "top of the fold."
Here's the documentary.
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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