Early Sunday evening, I thought I heard a wet plopping sound coming from my TV. Turns out it was just “60 Minutes’” reputation for journalistic integrity taking a nosedive into a giant pit of mud. I give Anderson Cooper props for at least looking somewhat embarrassed for being expected to ask probing questions about intimate details of an unsubstantiated story about an alleged, decade-old, sexual one-night stand from a porn star with a history of signing false statements, changing her story and taking money to shut up and go away.
The show struggled mightily to find a justification for this being treated as “news.” Liberals hoping for accusations against President Trump of an ongoing abusive sexual relationship were disappointed when the woman in question denied being a “Me Too” victim or spending more than one night with Trump eleven years ago or doing anything non-consensual. The excuses for airing this sleaze hinged on an unsubstantiated claim of a threat by an unknown person in a parking lot and the suggestion that Trump’s lawyer’s payment to make a nuisance go away might violate federal campaign finance laws.
Do liberals really want to start demanding criminal investigations of candidates’ lawyers' books, looking for campaign funding violations? Because there are still questions about that $10 million or so to Fusion GPS for the Trump "Russian dossier" that Hillary Clinton’s campaign reportedly hid by funneling it through her lawyer's firm instead of reporting it to the FEC as opposition research spending, as required by federal law. Maybe “60 Minutes” would like to hose some of the slime off its journalistic reputation by covering that next week.
You can watch the entire interview at the link, if you have literally nothing better to do with your time.