This is a gem, and also completely true:
Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. A lot of the Robert Mueller testimony was boring, especially in the House Judiciary Committee. Mueller seemed old (he turns 75 in two weeks) and, true to what he said he was going to do, he declined to answer a lot of questions, staying within “the four corners of his report” and letting it “speak for itself.” And with that, we have acknowledged and given the proper respect to every VALID right-wing criticism (and too-cool-for-school leftist criticism) that exists. It did not send the thrill up the leg, and in our American culture, which demands shiny things in order to keep its attention, it fell kinda flat…
Beltway journalists (some of them, at least) were also so booooooooored, like are we there yet? …
Are you hearing all this stuff and giving in to an inclination to agree that yesterday was just terrible and the Democrats are terrible and Robert Mueller was the worst and now you’ll never get your pony?
As former DOJ official Chuck Rosenberg said on MSNBC not long after the Judiciary Committee hearing, “There’s a difference between exciting and important. There are things that are exciting that are not important, and there are things that are important that are not particularly exciting.” Yesterday’s hearings were important. And if you slogged through all of it — even the boring parts — some really crucial things came out, some of them for the first time.
We can start with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s opening five minutes, which really covered most of the ground that the hearing on obstruction of justice needed to cover. In rapid fire questioning, Nadler had Mueller confirm that Donald Trump and his minions are lying every single time they say the investigation found NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION and TOTAL EXONERATION. Mueller also added a new phrase to the lexicon: “Does Not Exculpate.”
Nadler also had Mueller confirm that Donald Trump can absolutely be prosecuted for his crimes after he is dropkicked out of office, though it didn’t really resonate at that point, because we guess half of America hadn’t had its coffee yet. It was under questioning from GOP Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, where Buck seemed just FLABBERGASTED at that notion, and asked Mueller to repeat himself. Did you really just say our shithole garbage king could be LOCK HER UP-PED after he has been de-throned?…
… Mueller stated for the record that it is not only unethical and unpatriotic to do the things Trump and his campaign did, but that those behaviors also open people up to blackmail and extortion and compromise by hostile foreign powers, like for instance RUSSIA, IF YOU’RE LISTENING.
Oh yeah, did we mention that Mueller confirmed that the FBI is still investigating aspects of blackmail and compromise as it pertains to Trump and his associates? Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi got that out of him. He also got Mueller to confirm that he really did not see it as his job to investigate Trump’s financial ties to Russia, or whether Russians used Trump to launder money or anything like that…
Some examples of ‘pundits’ putting the #fail in Our Failed Media Experiment:
At this moment, WaPo offers up news; NYTimes offers theater review. pic.twitter.com/RBibS4z5W6
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) July 24, 2019
Literally Maggie Haberman is on CNN right now informing us that Trump’s team feels “really good about today.” So: in all the options for framing SHE is the one who is pushing the ‘let’s move on, nothing to see’. She could choose to frame it anyway she wants. It’s pathetic. https://t.co/uQpebtqoYz
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) July 25, 2019
There is nothing in this piece that backs up what the anonymous Democrat says.
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— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 25, 2019
What's also infuriating is that I distinctly remember people in the media criticizing Obama for being too *good* at optics. https://t.co/teltWgVTZR
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) July 25, 2019
"After former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, @chucktodd managed to demonstrate, with uncharacteristic brevity, his basic misunderstanding of the requirements of his job…" https://t.co/kUIj5q7Uqf
— Thank God It’s Bob (@elongreen) July 24, 2019
Maybe if Mueller had finished off his speech by stabbing a few onlookers w/ a broad sword? Would that have been better optics, perhaps? pic.twitter.com/f75Ga7Ek8C
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) July 24, 2019
I really hate kewl kid quips like the below. Mueller has to be there because you & yours did a bad job when his report was first released, running for days on Barr's false gloss . So he needs to be there to create an event that gets what the report itself said on page one. https://t.co/HJibS3Zx2g
— Thomas Levenson (@TomLevenson) July 24, 2019
So basically Mueller affirmed some of the most damaging accusations against a President since Nixon but because it wasn’t good television it doesn’t count?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 25, 2019