Good morning, and welcome to the Today Show! Or perhaps, “This is 60 Minutes!” Maybe you take your dose of American top news from Fox, CNN, or the mighty New York Times? But wherever you get your ideas on what’s going on in the world, don’t expect to hear controversial news about Arizona Senator John McCain this morning. How is it, that in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, a US Senator with alleged meth dealers on his staff, gets to slide past front page headlines?
Headline: “John McCain fundraiser arrested in Phoenix meth lab bust”
If you looked for the McCain’s political campaign fundraiser, Emily Pitha in Google News at Midnight EST, 27 April, 2016 you would have found exactly 39 news articles. No, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, not even CNN is covering right now. Even more interestingly, the Arizona Republic (AZCentral) does NOT have John McCain’s face spread all over the politics page, let along its front page. The only story featured in Arizona’s leading online newspaper is one of McCain looking all politically powerful, with the headline, “Fighters in Nevada will be required to join brain study, McCain says” – and that’s it. The Gawker, small ABC affiliates in Arizona, The Epoch Times, and a few medium sized media entities run the headline. Let me allow you to reset.
Now get this. A US Senator for 29 years, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a past Republican Party presidential nominee, member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, one of Washington’s most powerful leaders has an accused dope distributor as a campaign fundraiser, and NOBODY runs with the front page news? N-O-B-O-D-Y!
In contrast, searching for the news term “Vladimir Putin” at 1 AM Eastern Standard Time I get about 300 stories from major mainstream media about the Russian president’s disappointment at a rocket launch. The New York Times, all the majors cover, a technical difficulty at the new Vostochny launch facility in the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East is blown up into some USSR era craziness, while America’s pitifully corrupted political system melts away.
Yesterday American media had Vladimir Putin ready to sentence his space people to the gulags over a typical launch delay. Today only Russian media cares the Soyuz rocket launched to Putin’s congratulations today. Somehow a US Senator in the middle of a heated re-election race, gets off the hook!!!
The skinny on McCain’s jailbird campaign helper is that Emily Pitha, 34, and her boyfriend, Christopher Hustrulid, were taken into custody Tuesday by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office after detectives said they found drugs and an apparent meth lab in the home. The former pre-school teacher has since been fired from the McCain fundraising roster, but she is a long time Arizona political fixture, having worked for other top Republican politicians in Arizona. She was working for LovasCo, a consulting group led by Arizona political operative Corrine Lovas.
Pitha is charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of LSD, heroin, and cocaine, numerous suspicious chemicals, possession of counterfeit currency, and child endangerment for allowing minors access to the aforementioned drugs.
Why is McCain not instantly ruined?