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You Know Who

August 5, 2014

There’s a problem everyone is aware of, but nobody wants to discuss openly. It involves an individual whom everyone finds distasteful, but nobody wants to cross because he’s so volatile.

This person regularly goes off on people in mean-spirited ways, but that’s not the worst of it.

The worst of it is the mercurial nature of his comments. What he’s saying now vs. what he was saying only a short while ago simply doesn’t square. There are also some real questions about veracity of his work – about the sensational claims he makes and his frequent use of anonymous quotes that seem a little too pat.

Now when you’re buddy-buddy with this person, you’ve got it good. He’ll talk about you in superlatives. But if you cross him, if you disappoint him in some way, you’ll be savaged.

This individual’s cycle of celebration and betrayal is so firmly recognized in media circles that reporters place wagers on how long it takes before he reverses himself, going from a kind of hero worship to a crusade of bitter opposition.

This bizarre cycle was completed recently with regard to one prominent office holder. The result was a published diatribe in which the individual claimed that the politician, whom he previously championed, was really nothing but a “phony.”

When this article came out, political insiders all shrugged and said: “Well, you knew that was going to happen at some point.”

This response by the political world is disturbing to us. We wonder why people accept behavior that so obviously coarsens and corrodes the public debate.

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