We live in a country of 300,000,000 people. 30,000 people die in car crashes a year. You may have noticed that the media and certain politicians are focusing on an incident that, if the worst case were proved true, would be something so rare that it involves fewer than 300 criminals a year. 300 in a land of 300,000,000. This is not about news; it’s about an electoral agenda. As soon as the story outlives its usefulness, it will disappear, only to be replaced by the next thing to segment the electorate and get a chosen part of the base energized, irrespective of the truth of the matter, or its inherent importance. Whether such obvious manipulation can succeed when there are so many critical issues facing the country remains to be seen.