Amid Trump Jr. Mess, 2 Big Stories Got Underplayed

Mosul and the slaying of an NYPD officer, writes Peggy Noonan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2017 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three big stories unfolded this week, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. The problem is that while one of them—the Donald Trump Jr. saga—got wall-to-wall coverage, the other two didn't get anywhere near the attention they deserved. The first is the recapturing of Mosul by the Iraqi army. ISIS got routed by a once-ridiculed army, and no matter what you think of US policies and no matter whether you lean left or right, it's worth pausing to consider this momentous victory. "For what? Civilization." The second was the slaying of NYPD officer Miosotis Familia. "It should be a major, sustained national story when cops are killed for being cops," writes Noonan. "Yet each incident never gels into a theme. The media caravan moves on."

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As for Trump Jr., Noonan heaves a sigh and rattles off some stinging lines. "One of the things campaigns always have to watch out for is bumptious oafs who think themselves sophisticated." And, in answer to the question put forth by the White House of who wouldn't take such a meeting: "Anyone with a brain and a gut. Anyone who didn't think House of Cards is a moral template for modern political behavior." Noonan agrees with those who say Trump Jr. should have informed the FBI that Russia wanted to pass along information about Hillary Clinton. But she also thinks the Trump campaign should have reached out to the Clinton campaign, too, a move that would have "helped our political civilization." Instead, Trump Jr. took the meeting. Collusion? "It was worse," she writes. "It was classless." Click for her full column. (Read more Donald Trump Jr. stories.)

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