How the freak show took over America

Source: Washington Post
by David Friend

“Since the republic’s founding, strippers and porn actresses haven’t typically graced the narratives of America’s first families. Neither has hush money. Nor coke habits. Yet here we are. And I believe that much of the Sturm und Dreck of the current moment goes back to a time, precisely 30 years ago, when another pair of legal dramas preoccupied the nation. I am of the firm belief that those two eerily synchronous news events — in May and June of 1994 — would set off a tsunami of sex, scandal, shamelessness and baldfaced lying, the effects of which still ripple across the culture.” (06/27/24)