L. BRENT BOZELL III AND TIM GRAHAM: No ‘Facts First’ With Stormy Daniels
The left’s brazen double standard on the Stormy Daniels story is apparent to everyone. Suddenly, claims of sexual activity with the president before he became president are relevant. In the years of President Bill Clinton, his critics were told to “grow up about sex” because “libido and leadership are linked.” The public was lectured about Clinton’s accusers being liars who were seeking fame and money, “trash for cash.”
Meet porn star Stormy Daniels. First, she was paid $15,000 by a sister publication of In Touch magazine in 2011 to claim that she had sex with Donald Trump (the story wasn’t published). Then, she was paid $130,000 in October 2016 to shut up and not claim to have had sex with Donald Trump. History turned to farce when Daniels appeared on “60 Minutes” to break her nondisclosure agreement and shamelessly claimed: “I have no reason to lie. You know, I’m not getting paid to be here.”
The 2016 payment to Daniels is an obvious news story. (Any conservative claiming he wouldn’t have demanded coverage of a Clinton crony paying off a porn star right before an election would be a liar.) But all this money also creates problems for her credibility. She is currently cashing in with strip-club gigs, and CBS cashed in with boffo ratings. CBS may not have paid for this interview, but both sides walked away with a payoff.
Before Trump was president, Daniels could demand six figures in return for her silence. After his election, she realized she could make fortunes more breaking that silence.
Liberals think the double standard here is that socially conservative people voted for Trump and now don’t care about his sleazy treatment of his wives and children. They somehow missed that many socially conservative people voted for other candidates in the primaries because of his questionable behavior but ultimately supported him rather than accept the alternative — hers.
But put aside the conservative morality for a second. The media’s current lamentation that we live in a “post-truth” world while they operate by the “Facts First” motto did not match the Daniels interview. These same networks refused to publish or air interviews for months when it was Clinton accusers Paula Jones or Juanita Broaddrick; they demanded claims be investigated and confirmed.
The “news” in this interview was the porn star’s claim of being threatened in a parking lot in 2011. Did CBS investigate this until it was confirmed? No. Does she offer any proof? No. Can she even prove that this alleged bully allegedly worked for Trump? No. So why is it on television?
Our media also now claim to be solid members of the #MeToo movement, but everyone alive in the Clinton era knows they didn’t care about allegations of sexual harassment, or even (SET ITAL) rape (END ITAL), lodged against Bill Clinton.
Then we learned they didn’t care about allegations of sexual harassment and assault when lodged against their own people in TV news.
It’s shameless for “60 Minutes” to devote 26 minutes of airtime to a claim of consensual sex with (and alleged threats by) Donald Trump when it hasn’t spared a minute since former CBS star Charlie Rose was exposed in November to discuss what he allegedly did to his female employees. And Rose did interviews on “60 Minutes” for years.
Staunch Trump-backing women appeared on CNN after the big Daniels interview to say this story is “all part of a media plot to bring down Donald Trump.” That is an incontestable fact. For most journalists, political victory for liberals comes first. Facts do not.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.