Newspaper columnist beats the drum over and over and over

Some might describe it as Aristotelian triptych: Tell them what you are going to say, say it and tell them what you said.

I call it redundant.

The morning newspaper’s recycled political columnist — his columns appeared for short time more than half a dozen years ago — Wayne Allyn Root posted a 425-word column earlier this week that easily could have been 125 words.

In his screeching jeremiad Root breathlessly informs his readers that there is something in Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails that is driving her to distraction and will — upon revelation — destroy her political career and her presidential campaign. “It’s like a ticking time bomb. Stress is eating away at her. The weight of the world is on Hillary’s shoulders,” we are told.

Without ever offering readers specifics, the political columnist who appears on a news page instead of the editorial page tell us:

So she knows what is soon coming. …

No one could handle that kind of stress. …

Soon, everyone will know what she’s done. …

I know why Hillary is sick. She knows what’s coming.

Soon the whole world will know.

This drumbeat is longer than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

His column is like his speeches. He has little to say, so he says it over and over again in a bombastic delivery that after a while amounts to a droning yammer.

Hillary stumbles under the weight of her deleted emails, suggests Las Vegas newspaper columnist.

Hillary stumbles under the weight of her deleted emails, suggests Las Vegas newspaper columnist.

12 comments on “Newspaper columnist beats the drum over and over and over

  1. John L. Smith says:

    This is hilarious. And so accurate. What a dub move. Cook must be very proud.


  2. Randa Todd says:

    His column is a waste of newsprint. What a one sided bag of crap.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    So he’s a bombastic author, so what, the question shouldn’t be his writing style, the question should be the subject he brought up, isn’t it just possible that Clinton is stressed about information and matters not yet disclosed? We hear about her emails but what about the other forms of correspondence, in person discussions, AND decisions made at the behest of the president? The news media speaks of records and evidence mole hills instead of mountains.

  4. No facts, just base speculation.

  5. Linda Sanders says:

    Same way his idol Trump speaks

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    Ms. Sanders, I understand you meant your comment for Wayne Allen Root but it’s enough for me that Trump isn’t perfect but he isn’t Hillary Clinton with her baggage. Mr. Mitchell, in the last few years, when have facts and details mattered in politics or even the news? If anthing they are hinted at or ever skirted, not presented as hard evidence In your long career when was hard evidence required in publishing, to say nothing of political decisions.

  7. Steve says:

    Wayne Allyn Root never impressed me.
    No citation, no substance. All conjecture.

  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    He’s not writing a term paper, Steve, he doesn’t have to please a professor with references and foot notes. Liberals would think him wonderful if he wrote glowingly about Obama or Clinton like the NYTimes and Washington Journal, facts aren’t a big thing with them.

  9. Steve says:

    Vernon,,,the article in question was in the news section.
    It wasn’t in the opinion or editorial section.

    Citation and substance are what make for good news reporting.

    Conjecture and obstruction make for opinion and “columnists” as the great Steve Sebelius (after much grunting and groaning on his part) will eventually tell you.

    Meanwhile, I still have a low opinion of Wayne Allyn Root only slightly lower than that of Steve Sebelius and Jon Ralston. All of these guys are out to pull wool over our eyes.

  10. Barbara says:

    Now I know why I never read anything he writes. Heard his radio briefly one day and changed the channel.

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