I've got a new piece up at BNR about the loathsome corporate media coverage of Donald Trump's comments yesterday:
When Joe Scarborough, whose coverage of Hillary has been abysmally bad, becomes the media's conscience, things have officially derailed.Head on over to read the whole thing.
The Morning Joe roundtable is the best coverage of Donald's horrendous comments that I have seen on cable news. And yet.
During that entire 22-minute segment, virtually the entire focus is on Donald and what his comment means for the Republican Party.
None of the panelists express concern for Hillary. The person against whom the incitement was made.
None of the panelists express concern for the Secret Service agents tasked with her protection. Nor for Tim Kaine, who often shares the stage with her. Nor for her family, or Kaine's family. Nor for her supporters, who could be harmed if someone tries to harm her at a campaign event.
None of the panelists say that Hillary does not deserve to be the target of such vicious, reckless hatred.
None of the panelists give voice to the reality that, after her opponent called for her assassination, Hillary had to wake up this morning, and get ready, and hit the campaign trail again.
None of the panelists even wonder, in passing, what it might mean for her that Donald said these things; what it might be like to have to carry on with this new and exponentially escalated threat hanging over her.
None of the panelists mentioned that Donald has now obliged Hillary to face in three debates (provided he has the courage to show up) an opponent who has openly called for her to be killed.
Even though all of these panelists condemned Donald's words, they never actually explored what they mean for the person who was their literal target.
And this is the best we've got in the media. People who will condemn Donald's exhortation to an assassination, but show zero compassion for the woman whose life he tacitly admonished someone to end.
That is not good enough. It is not good enough at all.
And riffing on my point about the lack of concern for the agents obliged to protect Hillary Clinton, my colleague Peter Daou writes: "Trump Has Endangered the Life of Secret Service Agents Protecting Hillary." Yup.