Our Hypocrisy is not like Theirs, Part 18

Ronan Farrow, that intrepid reporter and clearly the son of Frank Sinatra (because he sure as hell doesn’t look like Woody Allen) was on the case again, doing a nice piece about how President Drumpf had had another affair, this time with Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal, about whom it must be said, that she really is a very attractive woman.

Farrow’s story isn’t just about the affair, but about how David Pecker[1], the publisher of the National Enquirer, and a personal friend of Drumpfs, bought and killed the story. Just before the election.  As reported by Ronan:

On November 4, 2016, four days before the election, the Wall Street Journal reported that American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, had paid a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for exclusive rights to McDougal’s story, which it never ran. Purchasing a story in order to bury it is a practice that many in the tabloid industry call “catch and kill.” This is a favorite tactic of the C.E.O. and chairman of A.M.I., David Pecker, who describes the President as “a personal friend.” As part of the agreement, A.M.I. consented to publish a regular aging-and-fitness column by McDougal. After Trump won the Presidency, however, A.M.I.’s promises largely went unfulfilled, according to McDougal. Last month, the Journal reported that Trump’s personal lawyer had negotiated a separate agreement just before the election with an adult-film actress named Stephanie Clifford, whose screen name is Stormy Daniels, which barred her from discussing her own affair with Trump. Since then, A.M.I. has repeatedly approached McDougal about extending her contract.

So, let’s review Drumpf’s sexual history in brief:

  • He cheated on his first wife (Ivanna) with his second wife (Marla Maples)
  • He married his present wife (Melania) as a trophy wife, and has actually introduced her as such.
  • He cheated on Melania with porn star ‘Stormy Daniels’ while Melania was still pregnant.
  • He cheated on Melania with Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal around the same time.
  • He has been twice divorced and has children with three different women (albeit all his wives).
  • He’s been accused of sexual assault by 19 different women.[2]

Now, with the strong exception of the women who’ve accused Drumpf of sexual assault, it really doesn’t matter to me what Drumpf does. It don’t care who he wants to marry and who he wants to cheat on, as long as it’s consensual.[3] But I am not a moralizing Christian.

Moralizing Christians have, however, for years and years, been talking about “family values,” and how they are upholding “traditional” Christian morals.[4] And they have been having a field day with Bill Clinton. (There really is much about Clinton’s behavior to despise, notwithstanding that most of Clinton’s sexual alliances were consensual.)[5]

Clinton also has not been divorced, and has not had children with more than one woman, although he hasn’t exactly been faithful to his wife.

So, my Christian friends, I hate to break the news to you, but whatever moral authority you may once have had (and honestly, I don’t think you had that much to begin with) has all been squandered on the cause of Donald Drumpf. From hereon in, no one from outside of your own little cabal is going to believe you, or is going to care, when you try to shame some future politician with their own personal misbehavior.

No one is going to care.

And that Barack Obama. Boy, he sure looks good right about now, doesn’t he? Too bad he’s not one of yours.  😉

[1] Now there is an ironic name!

[2] It was 16 the last time I checked, but  has now grown to 19. Those are just the ones we know about.

[3] I’m very “French” in this way (even though I’m actually from Germany).

[4] This mostly seems to mean that they aren’t gay, lesbian or transgendered.

[5] To be fair, Juanita Broaderick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey are the three women who have made sexual assault claims against Clinton in the past. That’s still a lot fewer than 19.

About a1skeptic

A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
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