The headline of this post is a gross oversimplification, if not an out-and-out distortion.
The problem is not that Bubba didn’t say those words. He did, verbatim. There is even a video below of him saying them.
What is missing here is the context. Clinton wasn’t actually suggesting that anyone go out with a firearm and mow down executives from New York’s financial sector. Rather, he was colorfully paraphrasing the views of his wife’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, who considers Wall Street and the richest 1% the greatest evils that currently plague America.
So why is this quote newsworthy? It’s not — or wouldn’t be if the mainstream media hadn’t so been strenuous in their avoidance of the anecdote. Wherein lies its news value.
When Donald Trump made a similarly outrageous suggestion involving gunfire back in January, the MSM were all over it. To demonstrate his popularity, the egotistical GOP front-runner crassly observed, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
The really scary part — without getting into what this line of thinking might presage in terms of Trump’s actions if he ever got to the Oval Office — is he could be right.
All the news that’s fit to print? Don’t make me laugh.