The conservative Drudge Report has gleefully supported the new president's firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates. It does that by linking to analysis of the Monday Night Massacre by the even more conservative National Review.
Yates' "crime" was that she informed the Justice Department that it should not enforce Donald Trump's immigration order. She has been replaced with Dana Boente.
Obviously the Trump Administration hasn't boned up yet on the separation of powers or how U.S. government was structured as a system of checks and balances. And constitutional law experts such as Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe have put out there the "I" word. That is, "impeachment."
But that's for The Donald to worry about.
The focus is also on how the now-leaderless conservative media has reached a tipping point in supporting this abuse of power. The whole edifice could come down and liberal media such as The New York Times could regain the upper hand. Sure, Fox News could be among the members of conservative media which could take a credibility hit.
Genius about influence and power, Roger Ailes, is gone. That has put all of conservative media in play. No surprise, the rumor is that NBC, which hired Megyn Kelly, wants to rebrand as a kind of Fox News. Given the problems that conservative media had taken on, NBC would be smart to become Conservativism Lite.
Meanwhile, Drudge Report could lose traffic. Those searching for information and insight about the Trump Administration could shop around at other news platforms. For instance, The Wall Street Journal could experience a surge in page views. Its coverage of the Yates' matter, which you can read here, has already attracted almost 3100 comments. The WSJ, owned by Rupert Murdoch, tends to have a conservative mindset.
Drudge's unconditional love for Trumpism could be its fatal flaw. The site which broke the Monicagate story way back then and has thrived since could find itself an outlier. Then, eventually, over. Without page views it can't sell to advertisers.
Also in play could be the branding of major law firm Jones Day. Two of its partners had represented the Make America Great Again campaign.
No surprise, myriad Jones Day lawyers have been hired for White House jobs. Soon enough Jones Day might develop extreme concerns about the implications of this representation. After all, those lawyers had once worked for Jones Day.
Recently, major law firm Greenberg Traurig, where Rudy Giuliani is a shareholder, has distanced itself from the Trump Administration.
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