Attorney General William Barr is going to prison. While he was able to escape prosecution for his role in the coverup of the Iran-Contra scandal, Barr made an incredibly poor calculation in thinking he could save Donald Trump. Perhaps Barr just wanted a return to the spotlight, but his actions prove that he is willing to give up any professional dignity he might have had left in order to temporarily protect a traitor to America.
Barr’s actions led MSNBC’s Ari Melber to recently ask, “Did Trump AG Barr go full ‘Sean Hannity’ on Fox News?” Any reference to being similar to Hannity cannot be considered a compliment. As someone who is popularly known for spewing debunked conspiracy theories, Hannity gaslights Americans on a daily basis.
It appears that Barr and Hannity still rely on the belief that their viewers have no understanding of the internet. While it is true that a vast majority of Fox News daily viewers are over the age of 65, much has changed since the Iran-Contra affair in the late 1980s. Despite the apparent belief by the White House that spewing lies on Fox News will create a positive impression for the majority of Americans, most people see what is actually going on.
There is a good reason that Barr is doing Trump’s bidding in his attempt to bury the Mueller Report. The theory of “what worked in the past will work today” no longer holds the same validity. When Barr first sold out the truth to save Bush and Reagan, information reached the masses at a much slower pace. When one relies on a daily (or weekly) newspaper, the spread of information happens at a snail’s pace. With the current technology, however, people are much more informed as to what is going on and that does not spell good things for Barr or Trump, and both will end up in prison when this is all said and done.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.