The only thing more pathetic about watching John Boehner trying to sell the American public on his “genuine emotions” by crying over his so-called lifelong pursuit of the American dream is the way Lesley Stahl and 60 Minutes have helped him construct his narrative.
For those of who missed the show last night because you couldn’t afford to pay your electric bill, all you need to know is that John Boehner is just a regular guy who is overcome with emotion when speaking of his humble rise to the top while chasing the “American Dream.”
This is, of course, utter nonsense. But you wouldn’t know that had you watched, because 60 Minutes isn’t “journalism” any more than John Boehner is “humble.”
Listening to John Boehner sob is bad enough by itself, but trying to wrap your head around his reasoning is really a stretch. He should be crying: out of shame.
His so-called “pursuit of the American Dream” was built on helping to create the “American Nightmare” for so many others. His “dream” has largely been built on the backs of misfortunate others. For a close-up view at the source of his “trail of tears” just take a look at his voting record. The list is long on things and people he votes against, like funding the military, aid to Veterans, mining safety, seniors, health care, and on, and on.
It was bad enough that 60 Minutes couldn’t be bothered to let facts get in the way of a good “crying jag.” They went one better by throwing in a little “extra” CBS called “Correspondent Candids.” If you had any doubts that journalism was dead and buried as far as CBS is concerned, look no further than this little gem. It’s the part where Lesley Stahl herself is interviewed about interviewing John Bohner, which basically boils down to one question: “How do I love thee John Boehner, let me count the ways.”
Q.: “What’s John Boehner like? What’s your take on him?”
A.: “I liked him. I really did. I thought he was so authentic, there was no artifice.”
Q, in the form of a statement as fact: “He really does come from humble roots.”
A., as if asked, but totally unrelated: “I wondered how the general public will react and I think they’re going to like him.”
Wow. Just, wow.
Lesley Stahl, to journalism: “You’re dead to me.”
In helping craft the fiction that is John Boehner, Ms. Stahl also asked Bohner about why he cries and what makes him just so darned
adorable emotional. One explanation of things that bring him to tears he gave was this:
“I can’t go to schools anymore, I just can’t be around little kids.”
When asked why, he mumbles something about wanting to help children achieve their own American Dream, before he is again “overcome” by emotion and can’t finish.
If Lesley Stahl were any kind of real journalist, she might have taken this opportunity to ask exactly how Boehner helps children pursue that dream by voting against things like the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act?“
Nope. Not Lesley. Instead she extended hers to Boehner, as she said “Oh, want to hold your hand.”
It just doesn’t get much more pathetic than that.
As that 60 Minutes clock ticks louder than ever, journalism rolls in its grave.