Note to media: time for tough questions

It’s nice that local media have covered Congressman Cline’s recent efforts at bipartisanship with a Democratic colleague on some issues of government reform.

But almost every time Cline is covered by local newspapers, radio or TV, he is given an opportunity to says whatever he wants on subjects he prefers.

Almost never is he challenged in ways that might make him uncomfortable. (Why did he vote against the Great American Outdoors Act? What did he mean when he suggested that the former Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington might be renamed “Future Democrat Voter Quarry”? Etc., etc.)

But as Cline continues to heap praise on the increasingly deranged and dangerous Donald Trump (“He has done great things for this country”) and enthusiastically support his reelection, it’s urgent that the Sixth District media take their basic journalistic responsibilities seriously.

For example, how about asking Cline if he thinks someone who talks like this is fit to serve in any responsible position, let alone President of the United States:

The president offered up the vague and unsupported theory during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who asked Trump who is “pulling Biden’s strings.”

“People that you’ve never heard of. People that are in the dark shadows,” Trump responded.

“What does that mean? That sounds like a conspiracy theory,” Ingraham interjected.

“They’re people that are on the streets, they’re people that are controlling the streets,” Trump responded.

He then cited a case of an unnamed individual getting on a plane “from a certain city” over the weekend. The plane, Trump claimed, was “loaded with thugs” in dark uniforms who planned to do “big damage.”

Pressed for further details, Trump only said the matter was “under investigation.”

Or perhaps Cline, an attorney, could offer an opinion on the legality of voting twice in the same election– or encouraging others to do so, as Trump has done.

Cline can’t be allowed to have it both ways– proclaiming his support for Trump while avoiding tough questions about the wildly irresponsible and conspiracy-obsessed man he insists is the one to lead our country over the next four years.

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