Thu, Sep 7, 2017 |
By John Schroeder
This morning, Phillip DeVoe sat in for Jim Geraghty writing the Jolt and looked at a NR piece by Jonathon Tobin on fake news. They both conclude that in the news business, particularly the TV news business, “that the line between opinion and fact has been blurred in today’s journalism, which leads to opinions being considered as facts.” It put me in mind of the post I wrote yesterday about how the rule of law seems to be fading currently, that agenda matters more than legalities. The examples just keep piling up.
Yesterday Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned the religious faith of a judicial nominee in complete defiance of Article VI of the constitution. Back in the day, when I spent a lot of time looking into and thinking about Article VI, I was stunned by how little case law there was on that particular article of the constitution. The constitutional scholars I consulted as to why that was the situation were unanimous in saying that such was the case because the article was plain in its meaning and held most sacred by all Americans. Apparently that is not true anymore – at least for one Senator from California.
By all accounts Hillary Clinton is blaming everyone, including her teammates, for her loss last year. Clearly Clinton’s agenda was to win the election and policy issues were at best secondary. If policy mattered would she be dumping all over those who now carry that policy forward? As I said yesterday, “If there are no values, there is only the personal.”
In point of fact, the confusion we are seeing evidenced here results in a disappearance of all sorts of lines, not just reporting and opinion or legalities and agendas – people cannot tell the difference between the public and the personal, the spiritual and the secular, themselves and their culture.