If it’s truly an abyss and the edge is already a distant memory, it’s a deep dive whether thought of as a deep dive or not. There is no turning back, no applying the brakes, no slowing down, no point harboring a second thought. All that matters is who has been taken down, is along for the ride; because suicide is one thing, murder something else all over again, especially if the tag-alongs are family members, countrymen, or even a President.
Journalists have hit on a wondrous truth, that which is ever so slowly dawning on readers and viewers: A journalist lives only as long as the dive, only so long as he has not reached bottom. (Or in Washington Post language, the hotter the air the longer the ride.) They know made up stories, stories of innuendo and insinuation based on next to nothing are pretty good. But if a story can be fashioned from nothing at all, that is best; because there can be no fact checking of nothing, no inconvenient half-truth is necessary to explain each previous half-truth, ad infinitum.
Thus are hapless victims mired in countless news cycles “proving negatives,” a universally recognized impossibility among lawyers, even among the best of them, even when the characters in the story have iron-tight alibis. Why? Because the seriousness of the charge, the crime, the atrocity demands of the accused a barrage of answers, denials, and disavowals to each and every accusation. Meanwhile every “fake news story” adds to the smoke journalists and politicians alike cleverly point to providing greater and greater credence, evidence to the fact of fire, a blazing torrent, really.
Such is the quagmire in which President Trump and those around him find themselves floating, drifting. Footing seems all but out of reach. Sky hooks also. The fluffy smoke is thickening, taking on a life force of its own. ABC News reported a couple days ago, more infighting in the Trump camp: that President Trump barely concealed multiple times his anger from Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from any and all investigations touching Russian collusion during November’s election cycle. More of the story: Sessions offered to resign, a temptation Trump did not fall for. Son-in-law Jared Kushner is also along for the abyssian ride, heading toward the bottom; along with Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and others.
Andy McCarthy produced a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for Kushner last night during the Mark Levin Show. If the Trump campaign for months or longer had been colluding with Russia, they would have been colluding through back channels. Why would Kushner need a back channel if secure, trusted back channels were already in place? Maybe an argument like that one will lift the bottom of the abyss. Maybe the impact force can be doubled if the bottom is rising as quickly as the journalists are falling. One can only hope.
Journalists know to live forever they must deep dive a nothing. The more travelers they take with them, the more interesting and intriguing the gig. But lacking sufficient imagination to take on a nothing, journalists know to live quite awhile they must deep dive an actual abyss, where a rock hard, life-taking bottom is inevitable, (for all good things must come to an end) that place in time where the pile of lies necessary to preserve the first lie is discovered, when the journalist with his story is finally, terminally, “laid to rest.”
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