Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Donald Chronicles Extra: Fast and Furious

At this moment the news aggregators can't keep up.  It started out with the accounts of two women in the New York Times, then it became three, then four, and just now, five--today.

 Rather than dwell on the various stories, I want to highlight a particular fact: that they are not anecdotes but reported news stories by established print publications with paid journalists.  Namely the New York Times, The Palm Beach Post, Rolling Stone and People Magazine.  As the Washington Post notes, they didn't just print accusations--they did stories:

But in each of the first three instances, the newspapers spoke to people close to the women -- a universe that includes friends, family members, significant others and colleagues -- who verified that they told them their stories about what they say happened months or years ago. In the fourth, the reporter wrote a detailed first person account of what she says happened on People's website.

The now infamous video and the accompanying story came from the Washington Post.  This fact about the stories does not automatically make them true, but they have credibility and backup.

Several of these stories note that the behavior these women describe contradicts Trump's denials in the debate on Sunday.  So Politico frames it in their story about the stories: Donald Trump is facing a blizzard of fresh allegations of sexual impropriety, days after denying during Sunday's presidential debate that he had ever groped women.

There are undoubtedly going to be alt.right/Trump charges about all of them popping up on the same day but it appears they've all been in the works for several days.  As Politico says: The new accusations are striking in that they seem to have come expressly in reaction to Trump's denial during Sunday's debate.

Trump denies any of them happened, and has threatened to sue the NY Times for their story, both personally and through his lawyer.  Yet all the stories independently present a Trump modus operandi that is chillingly the same.

Most roundups don't include the Rolling Stone story of a specific instance but Josh Marshall does.

These are in addition to the CBS News clip of Trump making a weird comment about a young girl, and a story by a CBS affiliate in LA about Trump walking in on beauty contest contestants while they were naked and a similar story about a teen contest by Buzzfeed.  Newsweek and other outlets noted that Trump bragged about doing this on the Howard Stern radio show.  Rolling Stone details Trump's creepy abuses during his decades owning beauty pageants.

All of them Wednesday (at least on the West Coast.)

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