Call it a slow news day. Or maybe the revelations about Hillary Clinton emerging from WikiLeaks data dumps are finally gaining traction with the electorate, creating jitters among members of the mainstream media.
Whatever the explanation, New York’s Daily News on Friday gave serious column acreage to a story so incredibly trivial that the end-product comes off almost like a spoof.
The headline pretty much contains all there is to say: “Eric Trump seen with lemonade in free water cup at In-N-Out Burger.”
Oh, the humanity!
The 750 words of text that follow the headline are liberally dotted with photos of the “scandal” (the term used by Tobias Salinger, the author of the Daily News piece). There are also some half dozen apoplectic posts from users of various social media sites, and even a video.
The Daily News and its crackerjack staff may have good reason for concern. Since the last debate, which pundits on both sides of the aisle consider Donald Trump’s best, the gap in polling numbers between him and the Democratic candidate has begun to narrow again. The daily release of new details of serious breaches in conduct by Clinton and other prominent Dems, such as an email strongly suggesting Hillary had debate questions in advance, may also be a factor.