Regular readers of this blog know that I have taken time out of my regular comic book reviews to lament how so-called “conservative” commentators have jumped on a political bandwagon instead of sticking by principles when it comes to Donald Trump.
Here are just a few choice snippets from Walsh’s piece. Read the whole thing and find the kind of courage that is lacking among many professional pundits:
“SEAN HANNITY: Although I’ve never found Hannity to be terribly interesting, now that his Fox show is nothing more than a ritual adoration ceremony for Donald Trump, it’s become intolerable. Hannity relentlessly fawns over Trump and refuses to challenge him on any of his myriad lies and inconsistencies. Trump has even used Hannity’s show as a platform to praise Planned Parenthood and repeat false, progressive claims that “abortion is a small part of what they do.” Hannity did not challenge him on those assertions. He does not challenge him on anything.
Meanwhile, as Trump receives no criticism from Hannity no matter how many times he mocks the disabled, brags about his adultery, smears his opponents, spews vulgarities, etc., Hannity has not held back in criticizing Trump’s Republican opponents for their “stunning” and “beyond the pale” critiques of Trump.
BILL O’REILLY: He pretends to be a tough and objective journalist, but his prostrations to Trump have been sickening to behold, never more than when he boasted about all the times he and Trump had milkshakes together or when he attempted to rationalize Trump’s plan to murder women and children.
FOX NEWS: All the other dull, blathering Trump sycophants on Fox News, like Andrea Tantaros and Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle and other various Trump shills who’ve now taken to declaring that “principles don’t matter.” The Fox morning show team hands airtime to Trump whenever he demands it, and they sit in admiration listening to him blabber on like infatuated school boys pretending to be interested in what the pretty girl in class is saying.”
Donald Trump is currently cruising towards 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination. If that was happening with fair news coverage then it would be one thing — but its not. If the man even looks like he might say something outrageous, then cable news outlets cut to a live-feed of his campaign. When Trump refuses to condemn unacceptable behavior at his rallies, pundits like Bill O’Reilly are there to spin it in a way that won’t offend the man.
Ironic, isn’t it? Mr. “No Spin” is now the very essence of spin.
It is refreshing to see writers like Mr. Walsh, who care more about the truth than getting invites to appear on The O’Reilly Factor. I can not tell you how many people I met when I lived in Washington, D.C., who would demonize their own mother if they thought it could get them an interview with Sean Hannity or some other talking head.
I implore all principled conservatives to take note of the individuals who talked a big game for years, only to abandon everything they claimed to stand for when it really mattered.