If we’ve learned anything in the last nine months, it’s that there’s no such thing as a slow news day anymore. Take yesterday, a midsummer Sunday. At about 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time, the New York Times published a front-page story that astonished even those of us who thought we’d become inured to astonishment.
According to the Times, the American president’s first-born son and namesake “was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer” at Trump Tower in June 2016. The Times cites five sources, and Don Jr. himself confirmed the account – a mere 24 hours after claiming that the subject of the meeting had been “primarily about adoptions” of Russian children by American families. He changed his story after being confronted with the Times’s information, confirming in a written statement that he’d attended the meeting in hopes of obtaining some dirt on his father’s opponent in the presidential race. But, according to the statement, “it quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.” Bait and switch!
Someone be a dear & tell stupid @DonaldJTrumpJr that "I went there to commit a crime but the mean lady didn't let me!" isn't a great defense— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 10, 2017
How does the word of the week fit into this tangled web? Recall the “adoptions” story.