After watching the segment Monday morning on the LWT YouTube channel, I thought that Oliver had examined the Stein/Baraka campaign with a high degree of fairness for a comedy current events program. I didn't know the whole story. I am embarrassed, but I am not surprised, having said in my post yesterday that Jill Stein certainly blood does know what quantitative easing is, because it was one of the tools that made the bank bailouts possible in 2009.
By now, millions of voters already have seen Oliver's hit-piece, while only thousands will see the rebuttal. We don't need to worry about too many of the true believers, but an awful lot of progressives teeter-tottering between Stein and Hillary Clinton will be convinced and will never see the press release. The clickbait websites that provide millions of voters with most of their news almost certainly will not report on the rebuttal.
In real time, this is a case Mark Twain's famous dictum about a lie traveling around the world while the truth is still putting on its trousers.
Chronicle Miscovers Stein's LCC Visit
Equally worrisome is the article in Sunday's Houston Chronicle on Jill Stein's appearance at the Last Concert Café Saturday afternoon. It was nice to get an article on page 4 of the front section of a newspaper that almost never prints the words "Jill" and "Stein" together. However, it was not so nice to see these two paragraphs in it:
Taking the stage after a speaker who extolled the virtues of drug legalization that would make heroin available at the corner store, Stein called for a change in drug policy.
"We need to end this war on drugs that has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico alone," she said, without offering specifics."
Jill took the stage after her field director Adrián Boutureiro, who, I'm pretty sure, said nothing about making heroin so easily available. If I can find video of what he actually said, I'll post a link to it here. Likewise, if you find it, let me know in Comments—better yet, tell Keri Blakinger.
State House candidate Brian Harrison did advocate legalizing heroin and other substances, but also stated emphatically that addicts need treatment, not incarceration. Even residential treatment is less expensive to society than incarceration, as studies have shown for, oh, decades now. The Stein campaign, just as in 2012, favors treating addiction as a medical issue, not a criminal issue.
More as it emerges.