When the week began, Donald Trump was probably going to end up being ousted by his Russia scandal. Here at the end of the week, there’s no longer any question. Trump spent all year desperately trying to avoid the scenario in which Michael Flynn flipped on him, and now it’s happened. Trump knows Flynn has the evidence to take him down. Trump is finished. Smart people on all sides know it. So why is the mainstream media bending over backwards to slow-walk the inevitable?
If you’re a sports fan, you’re familiar with this scenario: it’s late in the game and the score is out of reach. Both teams know it’s over and are just going through the motions. Fans are leaving the stadium. Knowledgeable viewers at home know it’s over. But the television announcers are still pretending that the game’s outcome is still somehow in doubt. It’s not that they enjoy lying to you; it’s that their job is to prevent you from changing the channel.
They’ll carry out that illusion as long as they credibly can, and then they’ll suddenly admit it’s over just before the clock winds down. It’s vaguely similar to what we’re now seeing with the mainstream media. Politically knowledgeable people know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would not have handed Flynn such a reduced deal unless Flynn provided evidence sufficient to nail Trump and Jared Kushner. Kushner will fold like a tent once Mueller uses Flynn’s evidence to come down on him. Kushner rather obviously has the evidence necessary to nail Trump. Flynn and Kushner will both finish Trump off.
So why isn’t the mainstream media telling you this? Simply put, they don’t have to. Their job is to keep you tuned in. If they tell you it’s over, you might tune out political news and go watch football instead. There’s a reason Keith Olbermann ended his online political talk show this week. He knows the Michael Flynn deal means Donald Trump is finished. The major news outlets just aren’t ready yet to give you a reason to change the channel. They’ll admit Trump is toast eventually.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report