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Roger Stone Meets the Persecution

Roger Stone Meets the Persecution
March 13
19:57 2018

Roger Stone recently appeared on MSNBC’s MTP (Meet the Persecution) – Daily. Oooops! I mean Meet the Press – Daily with Chuck Todd. I believe my play on the show’s title is earned when you consider a rather lengthy interview Todd had with Roger Stone. I should preface this column with the disclaimer that I have never been an admirer of Roger Stone. I find his books and conspiracy theories to be too farfetched to be considered seriously – and the fact that he repeatedly appears on junk shows such as that of Alex Jones only further damages Stone’s reputation.

Having said all that, I thought Stone was very direct in his answers to Todd’s questions regarding Russian collusion, the alleged Assange/WikiLeaks connections and his relationship with the rather incoherent Sam Nunberg. Stone was not vague or evasive. Stone refused to be drawn into Todd’s hypothetical question traps. For example, IF someone with the Trump campaign had colluded with Russians, would that have been treason? That was a trick question since collusion, in and of itself, is not illegal much less treasonous.

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But it was not the fishing expedition quality of Todd’s interview that showed the media at its worst. Leading questions and dubious conjecture are standard operating procedures for Todd. It was the comments of the panel following the interview that brought the interview to a new low – a panel composed of NBC journalist emeritus Tom Brokaw (who interviewed me a few times in his and my Chicago days), Trump-trashing author John Podhoretz and one of the many New York Times’ never-Trump columnists Michelle Goldberg. What ensued was a barrage of long-established points-of-view and the usual absence of any counterpoint.

My sad surprise went even beyond stacking the panel with harsh critics of almost anything Trump, Republican or conservative. To paraphrase MSNBC’s new slogan, “that is who they are.”

Brokaw led off with an attack on Stone’s controversial history and his reputation as a dirty trickster. He used guilt by association to connect Stone to President Nixon – noting that Stone has a tattoo of Nixon on his back. (And what in God’s name does that have to do with the issues at hand?) Brokaw set the stage for a gang assault on Stone’s character. Podhoretz and Goldberg chimed in with their versions of who hates Stone the most. Their ad hominem attacks were focused on destroying his creditability rather than responding to his comments.

Watching that edition of MTP-Daily, it appeared that Todd & Company were trying to seize the title “dirty trickster” from Stone. It was American journalism at its worst.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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