About 20 years ago, there was a rash of witch sightings in the elementary schools of America. Teachers, in the eyes of kindergartners, became able to fly above the playground, have sex with the students, penetrate the students with scissors — all without any supporting evidence. This was particularly true in an elementary school or pre-school just south of Los Angeles. It went so far that even mighty newspapers here like the LA Times ran stories supporting the children’s accounts. Bumper stickers began to appear on hippie cars like Volvos saying, "I Believe the Children."
This despite there not being a mark on the children or a speck of blood anywhere near the schoolyard.
I wrote an article saying how ridiculous this all was. It was accepted by the LA Times op-ed staff but someone there warned me that the staff there largely Believed the Children. and if they ran my piece they would never run anything by me again. I have never tested them.
It all comes to mind when I think of the recently concluded witch-hunt (no quotation marks needed on this one) about Donald Trump and the Russians.
There never was any evidence of Trump-Russia "collusion." No one ever even knew what collusion would look like. It would have to be something huge to swing an election against the odds-on favorite, Hillary Clinton. (And by the way, I really like Bill Clinton.) But there was no such event anywhere on the horizon. So where was the collusion? It existed in the minds of a few blowhards on Cable News and in the Congress.
Otherwise, it did not exist. It was as much of a fantasy as Hansel and Gretel. But the media ate it up. Without any evidence at all, the media/congressional complex was positive that Trump was a Russian agent.
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Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.
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