Early this morning, Savannah Guthrie was speaking with Donald Trump on The Today Show when she, as the Washington Examiner put it, "gave former President Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt" by referring to his affair with Monica Lewinsky as "alleged."
Trump has brought Bill Clinton up several times in the last few days and Guthrie clearly did not approve, as she pounced on Trump over his accurate description of how he bombed in the 2008 election cycle. She even tried to hold Trump accountable for the Obama camp painting Bill Clinton as racist. In case you were wondering, she did bring President Obama on to challenge him on whether or not Bill Clinton was racist.
But the best part of the snarky sarcastic performance by Guthrie was her attempt, like all media, to marginalize the fact that Bill Clinton had an affair while in office, engaged in sex acts in the Oval Office, and then lied about it to the American people as well as while under oath, a series of events that led not only to his being disbarred but also his impeachment. Guthrie called the affair "alleged" but Trump didn't let it her sneak it through.
GUTHRIE: You mention Monica Lewinsky. Are you saying an alleged extra-marital affair, that of course he has now admitted, is that fair game?
TRUMP: Therefore it's not alleged. Is it alleged? I don't think that's alleged.
GUTHRIE: No, he's admitted it, he's admitted it.
TRUMP: If he's admitted it, you don't have to use the word alleged.
GUTHRIE: Right, exactly.
Exactly? Hmm. That word may not mean what you think it means Savannah. And if you're not clear on which word doesn't mean what you think it means, feel free to pick because there are several candidates in this exchange.
The media have decided that they've finished with Bill Clinton's baggage. They resent having to mention it anymore. They're over it and, therefore, you all have to be as well. Every day we hear about how it's old news and it doesn't matter and no one cares.
Except people do, and it does, and it was all up for grabs when Hillary ran against Obama. And of course, nothing any Republican has ever done in their life gets to be "finished" or "old" news. It's around forever and they bring it up every time. They just don't like that Republicans are giving Bill Clinton the same, equal treatment.