The ABC Four Corners is supposed to be a gutsy, fact-finding expose-type television program.
Most of the time it is. So why embark on a cringe-making interview that went to air last Monday conducted by the usually feisty Sarah Ferguson with failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?
Clinton, after months of recriminations and wound-licking, turned up to blame, well, practically everyone, from arch-villain Donald Trump (“The Creep”) himself, to Vladimir Putin and his Russians, Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, Facebook, Nigel Farage and former FBI director James Comey, oh, and all those women who should have stood in feminist solidarity with Hillary and voted for her, but didn’t.
The surprise on the list of Hillary’s deplorables was Julian Assange, who, she claimed, is an agent of the Russians and does the bidding of the dictator Putin.
“I think Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the biding of a dictator. If he’s such a martyr for free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?” she demanded of Ferguson.
Julian Assange, from his enforced captivity in the Ecuadorian embassy – and you have to summon up the tiniest bit of sympathy for the man – fired back on Twitter: “I note that that ABC failed to obtain my response in what seems to be a clear violation of its Code of Practice before promoting Hillary Clinton’s defamatory statements. No surprise.”
No, actually it wasn’t, Julian, because, of course, in that strange ABC Wicca-world of feminist thought that decided that Four Corners should interview Clinton and hear her excuses for not winning the Presidency of the United States, despite her contemptuous dismissal of her countrymen and woman as ‘deplorables’ and as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
In ‘What Happened,’ her book explaining why did win, she blamed Trump for ‘stalking her’ but in the Four Corners interview, she seemed to say something different; “We practiced him stalking me, which we thought he would do, and indeed he did.”
Hillary has always fallen back on her image, the strong feminist who spoke out for politically correct causes.
Only in Donald Trump, she was up against a man who didn’t care about those causes and showed it for the world – and American voters – to see. Even his own GOP shuddered but the people – those ‘deplorables’ in the rustbelt States, the heartlands and the South, who voted for Trump sensed that – after years of decay, finally there was a chance for renewal and regeneration.
Was Democrat-donor and Clinton-backer Harvey Weinstein ‘deplorable’ in his predatory treatment of women? How about husband Bill, who destroyed the career and life chances of a young White House intern? Anthony Weiner, prone to criminally serially sexting women, and former husband of Hillary’s aide Huma Abedin?
Deplorable? Evidence would indicate so.
Hillary Clinton –at least in her ABC Four Corners interview- still hasn’t “got it”, to use her own phrase. Perhaps she never will.
Perhaps Four Corners should stay at home for its next political interview.
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