12:19 PM 09/13/2016
With the race for the White House entering the home stretch, Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have been intensifying their attacks on Donald Trump and his campaign staff. So have many members of the news media, who are happy to write smear pieces about Trump’s advisors. Witness Ruth Marcus branding Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie “the Captain Ahab of Clinton haters.” Marcus might think it’s a clever literary reference to compare Bossie to Herman Melville’s fictional whale hunter, who is obsessed with killing Moby Dick to the point of fanaticism. But Clinton’s cheerleaders in the media seem perfectly willing to excuse fanaticism and obsession in their own ranks.
They have remained remarkably silent about one of the most powerful members of Hillary’s own team: David Brock, whose unscrupulous tactics and shadowy empire suggest another literary comparison. Bearing in mind the tyrannical ruler of a far-flung trading post in Joseph Conrad’s , one might call Brock the Mr. Kurtz of conservative haters.
Brock was once a conservative investigative reporter and Clinton critic, but perhaps, like Kurtz, he spent too much time in the Left’s “Heart of Darkness” and got corrupted. He rebranded himself as a prominent Democratic operative and founded the spin-machine Media Matters as well as, according to The Washington Post, “four other organizations that he says were ‘built to counter the right-wing machine.’” By his own recent admission, he doesn’t even have any conservative friends.
For all of his importance to the Clinton crowd, you’d think that he would have garnered some attention from the media. Yet the press has virtually ignored Brock’s unethical tactics and shady background. He appears on talk show after talk show without ever being asked about his own questionable conduct, and specifically his work with Media Matters.
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