Saturday, March 24, 2018


The Cambridge Analytica scandal has buried the news this past week, a lot like an avalanche.  Having followed, and written about, this story for almost a year even I found the white wall of revelation upon revelation overwhelming.

I now feel real pity for two excellent journalists, Michael Isikoff and David Corn, who chose to release their fine book, "Russian Roulette: The inside story of Putin's war on America and the Election of Donald Trump," just days before the CA story exploded last weekend.  Sort of like getting hammered at a level crossing by a freight train.

It's not that the CA scandal doesn't have some hints of Russian skullduggery. It certainly does. It's just that this is like a major war that was fought on fronts: the Russian front, the European (UK) front, and the Home front. The Republicans, or at least the Trump camp, were apparently active on all three.

If all you knew about WWII was the US war against Japan in the Pacific but nothing about Russia or the war in Europe, you wouldn't understand much about the war itself. 

In today's world of increasingly abbreviated attention spans, the world of McNews, the sheer dimension of the Trump story may be too much to keep in perspective. That goes for me too which is why I'm going to give the CA scandal a pass for the next day or two so that I can finish and review Russian Roulette.

That could mean I'll have a lot of catching up to do Monday morning. C'est la vie.

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