“I’m not running against Crooked Hillary, I’m running against the crooked media,” said Donald J. Trump, exactly one month ago.
Anyone who suggested that Hillary might not be the spring-chicken she once was was smeared by the mainstream media as a conspiracy theorist or sexist.
However the issue became too big for them to ignore when on Sunday she was thrown into a van like a rubber turkey.
Their reluctant coverage comes several weeks after the release of Paul Joseph Watson’s viral video on Hillary’s bizarre behaviour:
Watson is one of a few unofficial leaders of the million-or-so online fact-checkers, meme-makers and truth-tweeters which form a resistance against the lamestream media.
If you doubt their influence you need only look at Brexit.
The internet gave the Leave campaign a much needed platform, helping to change the course of British and European history.
Immediately after the Brexit result came through, I wrote to Paul and thanked him for the part he played.
“I couldn’t have done it without all of you,” he said.
And he’s right.
Every day, millions of people feed their ideas and observations into cyberspace where natural selection allows the best ideas to surface and spread.
The truth emerges faster than you can say, “Delete your account.”
Powerful mini-memes of revolution appear before you can say “Basket of Deplorables:”
So yes, it’s unfair that Trump has to run against the crooked media.
But Hillary has to deal with something much worse.
And, as we saw with Brexit, the internet will win.