When does something become a scandal?
We asked that of a lunch crowd on Monday, and didn’t really hear a convincing answer.
The media have reflexively referred to the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians as a “scandal.” But is it yet?
One would think that, for there to be a scandal, there must be some proven acts of wrongdoing. Not just regrettable meetings or allegations of wrongdoing or even a president and associates acting as if there’s wrongdoing there somewhere.
Despite Mr. Trump and friends acting as if there is a scandal — firing the FBI director, repeatedly forgetting to mention Russian meetings, wanting the scrutiny to go away — so far all we have are suspicions. Is it a scandal before there’s some fire to go with the smoke?
Anyone can raise questions and claims; does that make something a scandal? Shouldn’t an objective media be more careful to use that label?