The filter of politics is bolstered by time – and time is manipulated by the media.
Sorry for the abstract thoughts here, folks, but tying this one together takes some outside-of-the-box thinking.
We perceive scandals only as long as they are projected onto us. This has never been truer than it is now, particularly in the case of President Donald Trump, where the mainstream media diverts all other plot lines to the back burner in order to disparage and delegitimize the Commander in Chief. They hold a controversial or infuriating stance in our faces until such a time as they find another, larger, more salacious carrot to dangle.
It’s all an act, and, due to the nature of the theatrics, we often don’t hear about – or care about – the final results. We are truly only concerned with the impact that the accusations have at the political level.
Such was certainly the case when it came to Stormy Daniels and her accusations against Donald Trump. As the legal proceedings draw to a close, exoneration for the President has arrived once more.
President Trump’s legal team is declaring victory, as a federal judge said in a court order Wednesday that the investigation of hush-money payments arranged by Michael Cohen – which Cohen claims were at Trump’s direction – has come to an end.
Judge William H. Pauley III announced that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York revealed this development to the court in a status report, as media companies including The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, and Dow Jones & Co. have pushed to unseal the search warrant materials related to the case. The end of the investigation likely means no additional charges will be filed against anyone, including the president.
“We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed,” Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement. “We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation.”
This legal victory for the President comes to us months after the Stormy Daniels case has faded from the public hive-mind. The media has pushed us away from the story, knowing that vindication could come, and in favor of stories that to this day are damaging to the President.
We must be aware of the cyclic nature of the infotainment industry if we are to remain politically sane here in America.
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