February 24, 2018

The hazard of habituation to high level crime

Sam Smith -  One thing that seems to be missing from the current coverage of the Trump scandals is that it is not typical for a former presidential campaign director to be hit with a mess of criminal charges. Nor is it normal for three other top level White House officials to plead guilty to criminal charges

If this sort of thing happened in a major business, say in New York City, we would tend to view it as a Mafia style operation. But because we have all become  somewhat passive consumers of modern political public relations faithfully transmitted by the mass media, we seem to have little sense of the historical uniqueness of what is happening to us.

Having three admitted criminals and one similarly charged is not the normal character of a presidential staff. The media should stop treating it as just another story and tell people how serious it really is

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