One of the main reasons we are in such a disastrous position politically in this country is the corporate media. The corporate media gave Trump tens of millions of dollars of free airtime in the 2016 election, did not cover (and have still not adequately covered) Trump’s extensive criminal financial background and associations, and continues to normalize his criminal behavior and that of his minions.
Tuesday night, I tuned in to watch part of Nicolle Wallace’s program and found her and her panel constructing a narrative that US Ambassador to the EU, Gordan Sondland was basically a good guy who had wanted to be an ambassador for years. As they spun the story, Sondland had worked so hard to get the job as an ambassador. Sondland was just so thrilled to have been appointed, he wanted badly to please the Trump administration. The poor inexperienced man was caught between Trump and Giuliani and was just trying to do the right thing for Ukraine. Poor soul. It was all just another example of how good people get ruined when they associate with Donald Trump.
There are so many things wrong with this narrative, I don’t know where to begin. First, there is no evidence to support this fiction. Sondland didn’t work hard to get appointed ambassador. He bought the position with a $1 million contribution to Trump’s campaign. There is no evidence in the text messages and cables that Sondland cared one whit about doing the right thing for Ukraine. He cared about assisting the “drug deal” that Trump, Guiliani and the rest of them were putting together. Sondland knew what he was doing was wrong because he tried to cover it up by asking Volker to communicate with him over the phone rather than in writing about the plot. Gordon Sondland is not a good person who got caught up in a criminal enterprise. He was chosen because he was and is just the sort of person who would happily get involved in a criminal enterprise.
But, corporate media stars like Nicolle Wallace, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will white-wash all the major players in this running transnational scandal. They have done so for years.
Scarborough and Brzezinski were called “supporters” by Trump himself and were celebrating at Mar-a-lago after the election. They only broke with Trump after he outed their adulterous affair. Nicolle Wallace spent months castigating all the Trump administration members who didn’t quit their jobs in the White House. She, however, worked for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who lied us into a war that killed almost 5,000 American and God knows how many Iraqis. Wallace was on television just after Bret Kavanaugh delivered a contrived temper tantrum at the end of his confirmation hearings. Wallace felt sorry for him, fell for it hook-line-and sinker. Scarborough spent months before the Mueller report came out telling us that our “institutions continue to hold.” This morning, Brezezinski told the MSNBC audience that Sen. Kennedy (sucks being this dumb) was a “good guy” and had allowed himself to be drawn into Trump’s sleaze.
These people are not good people who have been drawn into anything. Most of them were chosen because they were the same sort of sleaze Trump is. Others went into this with their eyes open, so craven they didn’t care what they were agreeing to. They all deserve contempt, ridicule, impeachment, many of them prosecution, and shunning.
These people were immoral scum before Trump even thought about running for office and they will be immoral scum after he leaves. People like Mitch McConnell and William Barr are not “good guys.” They are dangerous men, willing to do anything, anything to maintain this shot at permanent power they have carved out around Donald Trump.
When people like Wallace and Scarborough and Brzezinski try to absolve them of guilt and weave fictional narratives explaining their behavior, they become enablers of this attempt to overthrow and crush democracy.