Yesterday, media and pundits exploded with the rantings and ravings of a clown and they responded like he was an A-list movie star.
Sam Nunberg, a POI (person of interest) in the Robert Mueller Russia-gate investigation, made the rounds on many of the talking head shows to state his case as to why he felt he shouldn’t have to respond to a subpoena from the Special Counsel, even after already being interviewed once, mainly because he’d have to spend many, many hours sifting through his emails… plus he didn’t want to flip on Roger Stone. And he was mightily indulged in this.
Seriously. Granted, it was a breaking story when he first called in to Katy Tur’s show on MSNBC, but as the day wore on it quickly became obvious there was nothing to this other than a chump wanting some tv time. Even those that know him say he’s an attention whore, so why was so much given to him? Why?
Nunberg’s a lawyer. He knows the law. He knows full well he has to comply with the subpoena or go to jail for as long as eighteen months- the length of a grand jury. So why the goofball act? Why go on multiple shows and rant about not complying, how unfairly he’s being treated, scoffing at Mueller’s willingness to put him in jail, daring Mueller to do so and then announce at the end of the night he’d comply but “wouldn’t make it easy for them”?
CNN’s Erin Burnett capped it off nicely, with a couple of direct questions for Nunberg, questions everyone else seemed to miss for some reason.
His stint on The Beat with Ari Melber was the topper. Some have said this was more like an on-air intervention; journalists stepping up to help Nunberg before it’s too late. Again, it’s not like he didn’t already know he’d have to comply- and he even alluded to it several times that day- and it didn’t take six interviews for him to finally see the light. He knew. He just wanted some face time for some reason. And you can’t deny that it filled up a lot of airtime- at the expense of everything else that wasn’t covered. By everyone.
Bullshit like this is why folks get cynical about the media.