After all the build up about “transparency” on medical records, it turns out that Team Trump was firing blanks. Make that firing blanks full of bullshit:
Promises from the Trump campaign of greater transparency about the GOP nominee’s health fizzled Wednesday amid a blizzard of conflicting statements from the campaign and almost comical levels of TV puffery.
Early reports from Trump’s much ballyhooed TV appearance on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s show, which was taped Wednesday afternoon, suggest little new about Trump’s health was revealed. Trump merely gave the TV doctor a one-page summary of his physical examination, which was conducted by none other than gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein, the same doctor that wrote Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
At this point, I should not be amazed that the MSM falls for Trump’s flim flammery and con artistry but I *am* appalled. One reason I am so pissed off about the campaign coverage is that I follow many members of the political press on Twitter and they chatter endlessly about trivia. A saving grace of political Twitter is Norm Ornstein who has been chastising the MSM more and more lately:
Norman was stormin’ at the vacuous Chris Cillizza of the WaPo who is an easy mark for Team Trump. He falls for their bullshit every time. The thing that needs fixing at the Fix is their adherence to the Clinton Rules. I’m beginning to think that the Cillizas and Halperins of the political media want Trump to win because they think he will be “more fun” to cover. It’s all just a game to them: forget about his crypto-fascist appeals to bigotry and xenophobia. They won’t suffer if the country elects a white “nationalist” as President. It’s all fun and games to them. They don’t care about things like this in Oregon:
They don’t care that rally protester beatings are back with a vengeance. In this case, a 69-year-old woman with an oxygen tank in North Carolina:
They don’t care that this is what Trump’s often violent rhetoric inspires. It’s not a war on human decency to the MSM, it’s all a game. The media see (sees?) itself as an umpire or a referee in the game of politics. If that’s so, they’re like football refs who throw flags on every play against one team while allowing their opponent to beat up old ladies and brag about it in post-game interviews.
End of an almost manic digression, which is, to paraphrase Jimi Hendrix, a frustrating mess.
Back to the latest shiny object that distracted the MSM from focusing on the Trump scandals. After days of promising “transparency” all Team Trump released was a one page letter from this guy:
Let’s review the bidding. A reality teevee star goes on another reality teevee star’s show to release a one page letter by the former’s shaggy lap dog doctor. It’s also con man to con man: Dr. Oz is *almost* as sleazy as Donald Trump. It’s celebrity
apprentice tweet time:
This gives a whole new meaning to the term share and share alike. I’ll skip the Sonny jokes…
I used the Randy Newman Born Again billboard picture at the top of the post because it supported my punny title: Bornstein Again. There’s another reason for the Newman reference. He’s famous for using the “unreliable narrator” in his lyrics. That’s what the MSM is in this election cycle an unreliable narrator as well as an easy mark for the Insult Comedian’s shell game. Hey, he’s using a teleprompter, he’s a normal candidate. No, he is not.
I’ll give Randy Newman the last word with a song from Born Again, which I’m convinced mocks Trump supporter, Gene Simmons. Just look at the billboard picture again: it’s tonguetastic: