It Would Appear That Media Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Hyp­ocrite” is a term often used out of con­text in the dura­tion of an ad hominem attack, yet it’s still one of the eas­i­est and most effec­tive tools to use in polit­i­cal debates.  Sim­ply point out that your oppo­nent is a flip-flop­ping liar who will say any­thing to get elect­ed, and you get instant points.

Don­ald Trump recent­ly sug­gest­ed that Hillary Clinton’s Secret Ser­vice detail should quit car­ry­ing guns if she’s so opposed to gun rights for Amer­i­cans. He said that we could “see what hap­pens to her” if her guards turned in their weapons. Believe it or not, that’s a pret­ty rea­son­able hypo­thet­i­cal sug­ges­tion from the Repub­li­can can­di­date who isn’t known for “rea­son­able” sug­ges­tions on any­thing. The Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date is no friend of the Sec­ond Amend­ment, and she’s said so repeat­ed­ly. She favors manda­to­ry gun reg­is­tra­tion, increas­ing the age require­ments for pur­chas­ing guns, a ban on “assault” rifles, manda­to­ry wait times for gun pur­chas­es, and increased back­ground checks, just to name a few.

There’s some­thing incred­i­bly hyp­o­crit­i­cal about a woman who is pro­tect­ed around the clock by high­ly trained andarmed Secret Ser­vice agents telling the aver­age Joe who isn’t enti­tled to gov­ern­ment-fund­ed pro­tec­tion (and who can’t afford pri­vate secu­ri­ty), that he shouldn’t be pack­ing heat when walk­ing through the dan­ger­ous city streets at night. Trump is absolute­ly cor­rect to point out this hypocrisy.

The media imme­di­ate­ly cir­cled the wag­ons and ran with the sto­ry under head­lines that sug­gest­ed Trump’s state­ment was some­how a threat to their cho­sen one. Hillary’s cam­paign man­ag­er, Rob­by Mook, took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be self-right­eous and state that Trump was “incit­ing peo­ple to vio­lence.” The vast major­i­ty of the media will run with this “threat” sto­ry for the next 48 hours or so because that’s what they do: they push a nar­ra­tive instead of report­ing the facts. Did it dawn on any of the so-called jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing the cam­paign that Clin­ton is, in fact, telling us to do as she says and not as she does? It seems the media is well-versed in hypocrisy, too.

The media’s fail­ure to cov­er the real issue and Hillary’s posi­tions on guns aren’t the only exam­ples of hypocrisy in this sto­ry, how­ev­er. Don­ald Trump, the for­mer Demo­c­rat who donat­ed mon­ey to Hillary Clinton’s cam­paign, said in his book The Amer­i­ca We Deserve, that “I sup­port the ban on assault weapons and I also sup­port a slight­ly longer wait­ing peri­od to pur­chase a gun.” It was hyp­o­crit­i­cal then for the bil­lion­aire with pri­vate secu­ri­ty to sup­port leg­is­la­tion that harms every­day Amer­i­cans, and it’s dou­bly so for him now to crit­i­cize his oppo­nent for sup­port­ing posi­tions that he held as recent­ly as 2000.

If you’ve had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see the epic 1993 film Tomb­stone star­ring Kurt Rus­sell (a staunch defend­er of Lib­er­tar­i­an ideals in his own right) and Val Kilmer, you’re famil­iar with Doc’s famous deathbed line that would apply to the vast major­i­ty of the news media today: “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

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