The October 9th debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was vicious. Donald Trump threatened to jail Hillary if he became president. Hillary tried to abolish Trump’s campaign because of some scandalous things he said about women ten years ago.
The debate was uncorked insolence. It was more like a Jerry Springer show than an official event.
And we, the public, are being played by the press. All the top news outlets are giving us interpretations that are more like propaganda than news, which is fearful in itself, as the public’s trust in the media, a component of democracy, evaporates.
The debate was a punch fest. Social media has mothers who are afraid to let their children watch the debate because these next presidents are acting in ways parents prohibit around the house.
Shows like this have huge audiences because they are both magnetic and repellent. A lot of disinterested people finally take interest in the candidates.
These debates will change the trajectory of national politics.
Wikileaks editor Julian Assange promotes transparency, so he is a hunted man.
His organization is dedicated to lifting secrecy from government and individual operations releases classified material when it sees wrongdoing. Wikileaks is where whistle blowers go public. He is a power broker in this presidential election.
A lot of people and some governments wish Assange would use the exit door from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he lives. He inhabits a small space where he is protected. He knows too much.
From his hideaway Assange has been timing his information releases over the course of this presidential campaign – the timing brings an almost theatrical element – but what isn’t theatrical about this campaign?
He is rumored to be physically ill and in chronic pain. But if he leaves the embassy to go to a London hospital, he’ll be arrested.
We’ve been hearing promises about an October Surprise, a release that could break Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president. But his releases haven’t broken anyone yet.