The morning after the 2016 Presidential election, I shared a link on Facebook but failed to vet it. Loss of sleep and disappointment over the outcome led me to be careless. But that’s no excuse and I apologized to my friends on the social media site. Due diligence is the watchword for anyone surfing the internet.
In that spirit of inquiry, I’ve been scrutinizing articles in The New York Observer. Their editorials often strike me as off-center. A recent example comes in the remarks of Michael Sainto on November 10, two days after the election. (Click) In it, he rails against Hillary Clinton, accuses her of blaming everyone but herself for her loss and for “rigging the primaries” – an offense not even her Republican critics had thought to level.
Santo’s complaint is that by not making way for Bernie Sanders, Hillary deprived the nation of being made witness to one of the most “consequential presidential campaigns in recent history.” At the heart of her crimes is that she “align[ed] her platform with that of the Democratic Party establishment.” An odd charge. Would he have preferred she align with the Republicans?
Sainto goes on to insist only Bernie Sanders has the “trust” and “integrity” to rally the party Hillary Clinton almost destroyed. That’s a tall order for a man who has just joined the party. As for “trust” and “integrity” being required qualities in a president, where has Sainto been? These attributes don’t spring to mind when we think of the winner, Donald Trump.
Pundits and historians will be mulling over the 2016 campaign for years. My guess is Hillary lost for several reasons, not the least of which is the wide, misogynistic river that flows through this country. Case in point. While Sainto sings hymns of praise to Bernie Sanders, he spares not a word for Elizabeth Warren.
Inquiring minds want to know what’s behind The New York Observer’s passion for Bernie. So, I decided to do a little digging. I didn’t have to dig far. In 2020 Donald Trump will face a democratic opponent. The newspaper chooses Bernie. Why? The answer seems obvious once we know who owns The New York Observer, Jared Kushner. Jared Kushner is the young man who served as political adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and is the President-elect’s son-in-law. (Click). Always good to know.