CNN is ramping up its attacks on Donald Trump and Republicans.
In response to cratering viewership, CNN is hitting twice as hard to drum up interest.
And now CNN blamed one Democrat sex scandal on something you have to see to believe.
California freshman congresswoman Katie Hill was forced to resign her position after lurid details of an affair involving a female staffer came to light.
The relationship with the staffer also involved Hill’s husband Kenny Heslep, however Hill ended the sordid affair after two years and became estranged from her husband when he filed for divorce.
And according to text messages, Hill was also embroiled in an affair with Graham Kelly, one of her top advisers.
Hill gave Kelly a $5,000 bonus, the largest given to any aide.
Hill’s malfeasance came at a particularly bad time when tighter rules regarding relationships with staffers had been adopted by Congress.
Hill was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, being profiled by Vice News and HBO.
She was even endorsed by Barack Obama during her congressional run.
Hill’s quick demise was a shock to the system, and now she’s trying to soften the blow with a common Democrat tactic: blaming Republicans.
Hill appeared on CNN with Brian Stelter in an attempt to rehabilitate her tattered image.
Stelter teed up the interview by framing Hill as a victim.
“Well, former California Congresswoman Katie Hill is remaining very visible and she’s speaking out against what she calls right-wing media smears,” Stelter said.
Stelter didn’t bother to mention Hill’s bonus to Kelly, which could’ve actually been a campaign finance violation.
Stelter also omitted the Ethics Committee looking into Hill’s misconduct.
During the nauseating puff piece, Hill made sure to blame right-wingers for attacking her because she’s a woman.
“And I think what the right-wing media and those who attacked me wanted, was for me to be silenced. And I think that that’s something that we see on attacks against women, not just high profile women, but women across the board,” Hill said.
This is absurd.
Hill was a freshman congresswoman with little visibility beyond her left-wing bubble.
But those nefarious right-wingers just had to silence her.
However, nobody can actually name any issues on which she was vocal.
The truth is that Stelter and Hill are using the hackneyed “Republicans pounce” defense.
Every Democrat scandal isn’t about the scandal itself, it’s about how the right is “weaponizing” the scandal.
Hill and CNN are doing admirable work to portray her as a victim.
The rhetoric that Hill used in her defense hearkens back to the 1990s when Bill Clinton was chasing women around the Oval Office.
Hillary Clinton labeled criticism of her husband as part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
It turns out Clinton’s scandals were real, as was Hill’s – even though she tried to deny it until the evidence became overwhelming.
There’s no conspiracy or smear to take down Hill.
She did a fine job of that all on her own.