That thing "Living Memory" is something People always refer to - because it happened in their - or someone else's Lifetime. This is why when People mention Scandals they always refer to Clinton, Kennedy - even John Profumo, but the Story that sets the Precedent for what Donald Trump is going to fight back against was that of Roscoe Arbuckle.
It was the 1920's and Hollywood was teeming with the famous, successful People everyone knows about, the many more unsuccessful who no-one does, and the infamous everyone wishes they didn't.
The Trial of Arbuckle wasn't only the first Scandal of the Media Age that became very well known, it was also the one that revealed everything else that was wrong with the Process of the time. Struggling Actresses in the Employ of Extortionist Bambina Maude Delmont, who would lure Producers into her Boudoir and obtain compromising Stories about them for Money - and probably to advance the Careers of her Proteges. Virginia Rappe - one of her 'Girls' who would do this for her, even Jurors like Helen Hubbard who would vote "Guilty until Hell freezes over". But what did all this really achieve for this Triumvirate and anything else since?
How about the Media? Randolph Hearst's Media Empire crucified Arbuckle so much so that even when found not guilty his Career was ruined. But how does that make anything else they wrote about look as People saw the News Stands in the Years after - regardless of what it might be? How did Hollywood look as they cowered away from Arbuckle, sending him to Coventry via his Friends and Associates in the Industry, banning future Work and destroying his Films?
All this even after the Jury delivered this Statement after he was acquitted.........
"Acquittal is not enough for Roscoe Arbuckle. We feel that a great injustice has been done him. We feel also that it was only our plain duty to give him this exoneration, under the evidence, for there was not the slightest proof adduced to connect him in any way with the commission of a crime. He was manly throughout the case and told a straightforward story on the witness stand, which we all believed. The happening at the hotel was an unfortunate affair for which Arbuckle, so the evidence shows, was in no way responsible. We wish him success and hope that the American people will take the judgment of fourteen men and woman who have sat listening for thirty-one days to evidence, that Roscoe Arbuckle is entirely innocent and free from all blame."
All this was happening nearly 80 years ago, but in very recent Years - Months even - Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has found himself in something not as extreme as this - but potentially just as damaging. Except, it isn't, and he has vowed to exact revenge on all those who have lied in this Melee. That he doesn't give a Stuff about what the Media thinks or writes about him, while his Legal Actions against these People isn't between him and the Media - it's between him and them! Besides which, it makes those Cheque Book Journalists look like Pontious Pilate!
Many might whinge that he isn't their choice in the forthcoming Election, but how did those Women in the Arbuckle Trial make them look? What would an Industry Contemporary like Lois Weber have made of the scheming Shrewishness of those involved - or Helen Hubbard - who looked like a Harpie? How does the recent Stuff make Clinton Supporters look in that Context? Trump scares the bejezzus out of supposed Liberals and Socialists, Moral Ethicists and the like - but what if their Premise was built on the sort of Motives and Operandi employed by Delmont and Rappe - with the inevitable Response from Hubbard? If that is true than there is no Ethicism, no Righteousness in their Claims. Maybe they should remember what went on in the Civil Rights Struggle - and a similar Process of Non Justice, 'Heads they win, Tales we lose' Process. The Crossburner Club could say what they wanted about anyone and there was nothing those Anyones could do about it. Maybe they should also consider the Patronage of the Clinton Foundation - seen as "Corrupt" even by liberal Journalists like Bob Woodward.
This applies to all these things and it was about time someone like him made it very clear that this sort of thing won't be tolerated.
I could say that the same Industry, the same sort of People, the same shoddy and scuzzy Motives applied to something here for a very long time, and I'm not sure I particularly care what happens to those responsible, or anything they want you to think they represent!
Maybe Trump is Arbuckles Revenge!