By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK
I suspect that there are many in the same boat with me, uncomfortable with the idea of coming down on all fours in support of Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, but who will vote for him anyway. The prospect of the Clintons back in power closes the discussion for me.
That said, I have to admit backing Trump requires that I eat a lot of crow. I can remember saying to myself (fortunately for me, I didn’t get in anyone else’s face about it) that Catholics who backed Bill Clinton’s run for the presidency were selling out; that they were willing for partisan political motives to back a sleazy pro-abortion candidate with the personal morals of an alley cat. Trump’s personal life is not far removed from Bill Clinton’s.
I am comforted in my decision to back Trump by seeing many of the conservative commentators I admire leaning his way: Patrick J. Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Napolitano, and Laura Ingraham, for starters. Their logic is the same as mine: Trump is the only hope we have to keep Hillary away from the White House.
But there is something else that makes me eager to speak out in defense of Trump: the hatchet job he is getting from the media. Whatever Trump’s failings, the media should not be permitted to get away with this attack without some resistance. I have never seen anything like what is happening to Trump. The liberals in the media used to be subtle in their attacks. No more.
If the press gets away with destroying a candidate for political office by changing longstanding guidelines for journalistic ethics, it will send a signal to students in schools of journalism that will change the relationship between the press and the voters from this day forward. … Continue Reading