In terms of media and media coverage, Donald Trump is the Tia to Azealia Banks’ Tamara. Exactly like Banks, much of what Trump says – notably about his adversaries – isn’t truly worth a molecule of our time and energy. Yet, in the age of 24 hour news and the Internet, there is an insatiable need for content, thus, whatever they say is covered — especially if what they say is repugnant.
The latest instance of this is Trump’s comments about, former president, Bill Clinton’s infidelity in which he places much of the blame on Hillary Clinton. Trump, who had his own fling with infidelity, has his nerve even bringing this up. Trump does not care about Hillary’s treatment of Bill Clinton’s mistresses. He does, however, have a gift for playing to the prejudices of the public at large.
Such is his right, but there’s something to be said of how media outlets should cover Trump’s accusations and assertions. This week, MSNBC aired a segment in which they asked male voters about Hillary Clinton’s handling of her husband’s cheating. Let that marinate in your mind a little longer.
Yup. Yeah. Let it sink in.
A major cable news network asked men how a woman handled the wayward d-ck of her husband.
A reporter asked, “Do you think she’s to blame for Bill Clinton’s wandering?” The response: “Yes, I do believe that. She’s an enabler, there’s no doubt about that.”
If Ray J could hook me up with the person who could grant his one wish, mine would be that everyone responsible for this segment would go sit in timeout for the foreseeable future. Beloveds, this is irresponsible. And sexist. And incredibly asinine.
Part of this reminds me of why I am so weary of another Clinton presidency. We will have to relieve decades old story that have no real bearings on the future of this country. Many of us are all one recession away from joining the clear heel industry. By the way, have you started doing squats? If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
In any event, it truly does not matter whether or not Hillary Clinton should have divorced her husband for his infidelity. It was none of our business then and it is even less of our business now. We have to cover Trump because he is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party. However, we do not have to cover every ridiculous thing he says.
And even if one feels differently (spoiler: no one should), to ask men about how a woman handled a man’s cheating it is beneath any news outlet that purports to be credible. Most reality shows handle cheating with much more dignity and nuance.
There are plenty of reasons to scrutinize Hillary Clinton. Ask a Haitian. Ask a Honduran. Ask a Black American who remembers her in the 1990s or in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. But this, this challenging of her marriage rooted in the hypocritical remarks of a man who reportedly cheated on his own wife, this ain’t it.
This election is already depressing given our choices. We all have to suffer through it together. Still, as down as many feel about our options, none of us should be sinking this low.
We had liberals blind-taste test some of Trump’s best wine. The results will surprise you.