Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s latest diatribe against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate might be evidence of certifiable insanity if anyone took it seriously. But the attitude of the mainstream media, to the extent one can be detected, is ho-hum. The fact that no one takes Reid’s diatribe seriously should be news all by itself, shouldn’t it?
Politico has a brief account that expresses a cynical understanding in its language and between the lines. To take one example, Politico reporter Burgess Everett notes near the top of his story: “Now in his fifth month of flogging the billionaire conservative benefactors on the Senate floor, Reid dubbed them ‘multizillionaires’ on Wednesday and mockingly applauded their spokeswoman for saying the Kochs and the energy conglomerate that they run aren’t experts on climate science.” The cynicism is warranted, and Everett’s article is isn’t bad, but it doesn’t capture the phenomenon.
The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler files a lame column checking on Reid’s “facts” and declaring them false, to the tune of three Pinocchios. According to Kessler, the science is settled and we must all accept that carbon emissions contribute to “climate change,” but Harry Reid is stretching the truth with his latest assault. It’s one of those lies politicians tell.
That doesn’t come close to capturing what is happening here, but Kessler does better than the New York Times, which adopts its usual approach to such a Democratic disgrace. In the world according to the Times, it’s not news and it’s not fit to print. The Times maintains radio silence.
As Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid has brought his office to an unprecedented low. There is no lie he will not recite, no libel he will resist so long as it advances some narrow partisan purpose.
If Reid had a shred of decency, he would be ashamed. But he doesn’t and he isn’t.
Reid’s nonstop defamation of, and lying about, the Koch brothers is representative of the nadir to which Reid has sunk. It is frankly contemptible and disgusting.